India archers Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi, Atanu Das enter pre-quarters at Rio 2016 Olympics

India archers Deepika Kumari Bombayla Devi Atanu Das enter pre quarters at Rio 2016 Olympics pardesi news 1470887392

Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event as Indian archers rounded off a good day in office. Before, the lone male archer Atanu Das had also entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Individual men's recurve event.

India archers have put a good performance in the Rio Olympics so far. Deepika Kumari won her 1/32 and 1/16 elimination contests in convincing fashion to book a place in the pre-quarters of the individual archery event at Rio 2016 Olympics.

Deepika put up an excellent show as she comprehensively defeated Italy's Sartori Guendalina 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination after prevailing over her opponent from Georgia, Kristine Esebua, 6-4 in the 1/32 elimination round. The 22-year-old from Jharkhand, who had lost in the first round in London Games four years ago, came back strongly from a set down to register a dominating 24-27, 29-26, 28-26, 28-27 victory in the end.

Before her, another archer Bombayla Devi has given the fans back home plenty to cheer about. Competing in her third Olympics, the 31-year-old Bombayla, who finished 24th in the ranking round, dished out a dominating show to get the better off Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination after beating Austria's Laurence Baldauff in 1/32 elimination round.

India's Atanu Das had also entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Individual men's recurve event. Atanu progressed to the pre-quarters of the men's individual event, winning two matches in under two hours. He first beat Nepal's Bahadur Muktan 6-0 in the round of 32 and then put up a solid performance against Cuba's Adrian Andres Puentes, winning the match 6-4.

Indian archers have good chance of returning home with a medal if they can be consistent, and take their game to the next level when required during the later stages of the competition. Hope the archers continue the rhythm, and will make the country proud.  

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