Star archer Deepika Kumari failed to impress in the qualifying round on her highly anticipated return, finishing a modest 37th behind Ankita Bhakat at the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Wednesday. World number three Deepika, who was making her return to India after the Tokyo Olympics debacle last year, shot a disappointing 638 in the qualifying round of 72 arrows, a whopping 37 points behind Korea’s Lee Gahyun who took pole position in the women’s recurve. section. Her poor ranking means Deepika was given a tough draw as the former world number one will have a potential second-round clash against Korea’s Choi Misun, a team gold medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Deepika will face the Italian Chiara Rebagliati on her first lap.
The triple Olympian was an image of inconsistency. After starting with four 10s, including two Xs (closest to the center) and a 9, Deepika hit the black ring (4) and even missed the last arrow of the fifth end.
More frustration for her since she ended the first half by shooting twice in the red ring (7-7). Halfway through, she only managed 323 points.
At the same time, she shot 18 perfect 10s at the midpoint, which was only one behind Gahyun, which summed up Deepika’s inconsistency that day.
Under pressure, Deepika slipped again in the final set of 36 arrows, where she only scored 315 points, after hitting five 7s and a 6 to complete her qualifying round. She had a share of 11 perfect 10s in the final half.
At 31st place, Ankita (644) was the best among Indian women as she made the mixed team with 27th placed Tarundeep Rai (670) with the duo taking 13th place.
Pravin Jadhav, who also made a comeback after his Tokyo Olympics debacle, finished 30th with 668 points, while veteran Jayanta Talukdar (667) took 32nd place as the classic men’s team secured eighth seeded in the draw.
The classic women’s team, meanwhile, slipped to 13th place.
Earlier, India’s women’s compound team lost the bronze medal match to France while the men’s team was knocked out in the quarter-finals after losing to Turkey.
A day after World Championships silver medalist Jyothi Surekha Vennam raised expectations with a second-place finish, the women’s trio of Jyothi, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar lost 228-231 to Great Britain in the semi-finals .
Battling for bronze, the team squandered a two-point lead to lose 231-233 to French opponents Sophie Dodemont, Lola Grandjean and Sandra Herve.
After earning a bye to the quarter-finals, the third-seeded Indian women’s team began by knocking out their Brazilian rivals 230-227.
The men’s team of Abhishek Verma, Mohan Bhardwaj and Aman Saini started with a 234-232 win over South Africa but suffered a one-point loss to Turkey, losing 234-235.
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