Tokyo. The Indian Archery mixed team of Deepika Kumari and Praveen Jadhav has lost in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian pair was defeated by South Korean partners 6-2. Dipika and Praveen, who made it to the quarter-finals after defeating Chinese Taipei pair of Lin Chia-en and Tang Chih-chun, faced Korea Deok Kim and San An in the quarter-finals.
The Korean partners did not allow Praveen and Deepika to take a 4-0 lead after the opening two sets. In the third set, the Indian partners collected two points and scored 2-4 but a poor performance in the final set did not allow them to take the match into a tie-breaker.
Korea won the fourth set 36-33. A 6 in Praveen Jadhav’s first shot cost India. India finished with scores of 6,9,9,9 while Koreans were ahead with 10,7,10,9.
India won the third set 37-35 to stay alive in the match (4-2). The Indian pair registered a score of 9,9,10,9 while the Korean managed 9,9,9,8.
South Korea was ahead 4-0 after two sets with scores of 35–32, 38–37.
In the first set, India had a series of 8,7,8,9 while Korea scored 10,7,9,9.
In the second set, the Indians did better with a score of 10,8,10,9, but the Koreans again outplayed the Indian pair with a score of 10,10,9,9.
Earlier, the Indian pair entered the quarter after beating their opponents 5-3 after going 3-1 down in the pre-quarterfinal match.
The Indian pair needed a perfect 10 to win the tie-breaker, with the Indian pair scoring two 10 points to seal the deal.
It was Praveen Jadhav, who won the right to compete with Deepika in the mixed team event – after scoring the maximum points in the men’s qualification – ahead of Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai. (IANS)
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