India round-up: Archer Majhi crashes out

Indian women archers' disappointing show at the Rio Olympics continued as Laxmirani Majhi suffered a 1-7 thrashing at the hands of Slovakia’s Alexandra Longova in the first elimination round of the individual event.

Laxmirani Majhi lost to Slovakia's Alexandra Longova on Monday with a scoreline of 1-7.   -  Reuters

Laxmirani Majhi’s challenge came to a quick end as she was beaten 7-1 by Alexandra Longova of Slovakia in the women’s first round of the individual archery competition at the Sambodromo Stadium on Monday.

The Slovak won 27-25, 28-26, 27-24 in the first, second and fourth sets, while Laxmi was able to tie the third set and split points at 26-26, after she shot her only 10 of the whole match.

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The other two Indian women, Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi, will be competing later.

Atanu Das, placed fifth after the men’s ranking round, will open his campaign on Tuesday.

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Swimmers Kataria, Prakash fail to qualify

Indian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Shivani Kataria expectedly made early exits in their respective events at the Olympics here today.

The 22-year-old Sajan clocked 1 minute 59.37 in finishing fourth ahead of Bradlee Ashby of New Zealand in the heats. He eventually finished 28th among 29 competitors. Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary topped with a time of 1:54.73.

The 18-year-old Shivani, the only woman swimmer from the country eligible to compete in the Olympics, as she met the criteria of having competed in the World Championship, clocked 2 minutes 09.30 seconds to be placed 41st in a field of 42 swimmers.

Interestingly, Shivani finished second in the heats ahead of Kaya Adwoa Forson of Ghana, whom she beat to avoid the wooden spoon in the overall list.

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