Tokyo Olympics 2021: Inconsistent India lose to Korea

PTI Tokyo | Updated on July 24, 2021

Indian archer Deepika Kumari in action at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Photo: Reuters

Make quarterfinal exit in mixed pair section

The last-minute pairing of Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav fumbled in the quarterfinals against top seed Korea to go out of the medal race in the mixed pair event of the archery competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Saturday.

Deepika and Jadhav, who were playing together at the International level for the first time, lost 2-6 to formidable Korea when the mixed event was considered a strong medal chance for the country.

World No. 1 Deepika failed to notch a single perfect 10 from eight arrows while Olympic debutant Jadhav misfired a six in the crucial fourth set after drilling in three perfect 10s at the Yumenoshima Park.

The Indians failed to shoot even a single 10 in the first set as the top seed Korean duo of An San and Kim Je Deok took the first set 35-32 in a low-scoring affair.

Jadhav picked up tempo in the second set with two 10s, but Deepika was astray with scores of 8 and 9. The team lost the second set 37-38.

Required to win the third set to keep their hopes alive, Indians shot three 9s and one 8, while An San faltered with an 8 in the final arrow to hand India the only set.

Needing another win in the fourth set to take the match to the decider, Jadhav started off with a 6 that virtually ended their campaign.

Published on July 24, 2021

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