Gone with the wind, women archers blame weather conditions

PTI London | Updated on July 29, 2012

India’s erratic women archers crashed out of the team event today losing to Denmark by 210-211 margin at the Lord’s cricket ground.

Chekrovulo Swuro’s poor score of six in one of the rounds led to India’s ouster as one hard the familiar complaints from the Indian archers about the cross winds creating a problem.

It will now be up to Deepika Kumari to provide a face-saving performance in the individual event as nothing much is expected from other archers.

Team Manager Paresh Nath Mukherjee admitted that Swuro’s poor show was a factor.

“She was totally out of sorts and didn’t perform well today. Even Deepika was erratic with only Bombayla Devi doing well,” Mukherjee told the mediapersons.

A disappointed Bombayla said, ”We’re disappointed, but we had some bad luck. We tried our best but we lost by a point.”

On the sixes and sevens shot by the team, she said, ”We wanted to shoot at least 8s because with 8s, there would be no problems but when my partner (Swuro) hit the 6s, that created big problem.”

Bombayla said that although wind was a factor but she is confident about doing well in the individual event.

“There was a little bit of wind — more than yesterday (Saturday), but I am confident for the individual round. I will try my best.”

Swuro, whose performance was the main reason for India’s ouster also lamented about strong wind changing the trajectory of the arrow.

“I shot two sixes but I also shot 10s. The wind was a problem — it was shifting quite a bit and pushing the arrows.”

Published on July 29, 2012

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