Indian archers failed to secure Paris Olympics team quota places from the ongoing World Championships, making quarterfinal exits in both the men’s and women’s recurve events on Wednesday.
The tournament offers first tickets to the next year’s Olympics for the top-three finishers in team and individual events.
The men’s recurve team of Dhiraj Bommadevara, Rajat Chauhan and Tushar Shelke lost to India’s nemesis Korea 1-5 (49-55, 57-57, 53-55).
The women’s recurve triumvirate of Bhajan Kaur, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur lost to the Netherlands 2-6 (49-48, 52-53, 48-50, 54-57). They took the opening set to go 2-0 up, but only to lose the next three.
India’s next hope to make the cut from the ongoing tournament will be in the individual section that gets underway on Thursday.
Army man Bommadevara will be the biggest hope, having grabbed the second seeding from the qualification round of men’s individual recurve section.
India also disappointed in the recurve mixed team event, despite a favourable draw because of its fourth-place finish in the qualification.
The duo of Bommadevara and Ankita, who got a bye into the last-16, lost out to lower-ranked Italy 4-5 (35-37, 36-35, 39-37, 34-36) (16-17) in the shoot-off.
The next round of Paris Games qualifiers will be the Continental Games - for India it would be the Hangzhou Asian Games in October where mixed team champions and two individuals per gender will make the cut.
The Asian Championship in November in Bangkok and next year’s Antalya World Cup in June are the last two qualifying tournaments.
In the worst case scenario, India will still stand a chance to qualify by virtue of its top-8 of World ranking, which will be awarded as per the list updated on June 24, 2024.
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