Deepika crashes out of women's individual recurve event

Deepika, however, denied being bogged down by the pressure of performing on the big stage.

Jakarta: Indian archer Deepika Kumari takes aim during women's recurve team elimination event at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta on Thursday.   -  PTI

Country’s top archer Deepika Kumari, once again, came a cropper at the big stage after she was eliminated from the individual recurve event at the Asian Games following her pre-quarterfinal loss to Chien-Ying Lei.

After getting a bye, Deepika got past North Korea’s Hyang Ji Ri (6-2) but fluffed her penultimate shot in the third set to lose 3-7 to Chinese Taipei’s Ying Lei. She was leading prior to that shot, which fetched her nine points.

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Top archer Kumari - a four-time World Cup Final silver medallist - was in fine form coming into the tournament, having beaten Germany's Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to win the gold medal in women’s singles recurve event of the World Cup Stage III in June earlier this year.

Atanu Das was the only Indian to qualify for the men’s individual quarterfinals. He defeated both Yong Won Pak from Korea and Denis Gankin of Kazakhstan with an identical 7-3 margin.

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“I am very disappointed with the result. The start was good, I tried hard but the second last shot in the third set was pretty bad. After that, I just could not get the 10s,” Deepika said.

Deepika denied being bogged down by the pressure of performing on the big stage.

“I also expect myself to do well. I do not feel pressure at big events. We don’t think like 'this is a big event'. That kind of thought puts pressure. We just practise and try hard,” she said adding that she will now try to fare well in the mixed event.

Indian challenge ended in the women’s individual recurve as Promila Daimary, too, was ousted after losing 2-6 to Mongolia’s Urantungalag Bishindee in the second round.

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The second Indian in men’s individual recurve, Viswash, got the better of Bataa Purevsuren of Mongolia 6-2 in the first match but crashed out after losing the pre-quarterfinal 1-7 to Kazakhstan’s Ilfat Abdullin.