Rio De Janeiro: Indian women’s archery team comprising, Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Bombayla Devi, held their nerve to beat Colombia 5-3 in the pre-quarterfinals at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Indian team started off on a positive note, clinching the first set with a close 52-51 margin. Bombayla Devi gave India good start with a 10-pointer in the very first set. Bombayla and Laxmirani shot identical nine-pointers at the start of the second set but Deepika shot a dismal seven to concede the advantage. Indian archers needed 26 points to win the second set and Bombayla scored a good nine-pointer to push her team ahead before Deepika made a mess of it with a seven point shot as India lost the second set 49-50.
In the third set, Bombayla shot 9, Laxmirani 7 while Deepika came up with a fine 10 pointer. Colombia led with two points after the first rotation of third set. Colombian archer shot a six-pointer in the third set while her teammates followed up with fine shots but finally Colombia tied India with a score of 52-52 after judges took a close look at the Colombian archer’s last shot, initially giving her nine points.
In the fourth and final set, Colombian archer succumbed under pressure as she came up with a bizarre three-point shot to hand India 52-44 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.