India’s campaign in women’s archery came to an abrupt end with the elimination of both Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi at the pre-quarterfinal stage. Both Deepika and Bombayla crashed out after being found wanting in a pressure-cooker atmosphere.
Deepika was up against World no two, Tan Ya-Ting, of Chinese Taipei, and was blanked 0-6 (27-28, 26-29, 27-30) – losing in straight sets, while Bombayla lost 2-6 to World no 18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico (26-28, 26-23, 27-28, 23-25), after winning the second set. Both the archers were guilty of letting their nerves get the better of them.
The slender hopes in archery now rests on the less fancied Atanu Das, who is in the pre-quarters of the men’s event, and will be in action on Friday.