Archers Deepika, Bombayla move into pre-quarters

Bombayla Devi progressed to the pre-quarterfinals after beating Shih-Chia Lin of Chinese Taipei 6-2. Later in the day, Deepika too advanced to the last 16 with a 6-2 win over Italy's Guendalina Sartori.

Bombayla Devi... a positive start.   -  Reuters

Deepika Kumari in action.   -  AP

It was a good day for Indian archers as both Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari reached the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual archery event at the Sambodromo.

Bombayla saw off the challenges of Austrian Laurence Baldauff (6-2) and Chinese Taipei's Shih-Chia Lin (6-2) en route to the last 16. Later in the day, Deepika Kumari kept her focus to beat World No. 8 Kristine Esebua of Georgia 6-4, before outscoring Italian Guendalina Sartori 6-2 to join her compatriot in the pre-quarterfinals.

While Bombayla has been slotted to face Alejandra Valencia of Mexico, Deepika Kumari will take on World No. 2 Ya-Ting Tan of Chinese Taipei for a place in the quarterfinals.

Bombayla, competing in her third Olympics, showed her class by beating the World Championship silver medallist Shih-Chia Lin of Chinese Taipei 6-2 in the second round of archery women’s individual event at the Sambodromo on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Bombayla who had shot well in the team competition before slipping a bit in the shoot-off against World champion Russia in the quarterfinals, won the first two sets with identical scores of 27-24. In the third, a seven pulled her down as the Taipei girl won 27-26.

The Manipur archer, who has been part of the Indian teams that won World Championship silver medals twice and has won a clutch of World Cup medals including four gold, won the fourth set 28-26.

In the first round, Bombayla, who had not crossed the second round in the last two Olympics, had beaten Laurence Baldauff of Austria 6-2 after losing the first set.

Atanu Das had also made the pre-quarterfinals in the men’s event.

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