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July 25, 2021

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Tokyo Olympics Day 1 preview: Archer Deepika Kumari in focus as India look to exorcise past failure

Tokyo Olympics Day 1 preview: Archer Deepika Kumari in focus as India look to exorcise previous failure | Different Sports activities Information

Up in opposition to a well-recognized pre-Olympic hype and with historical past stacked closely in opposition to them, Indian archers could have a sense of deja vu once they start their Tokyo Video games marketing campaign with the rankings spherical in Tokyo on Friday (July 23). However the ladies’s group’s failure to qualify, the quartet of Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav entered the mega-event with renewed hopes of successful the nation’s first Olympic medal within the sport.
The largest prospects are the husband-wife duo of Das and Deepika who would look to recreate the magic of the Paris World Cup within the blended pair competitors that may make its Video games debut on Saturday on the Yumenoshima Park.
Because the 1988 Video games, India have produced many champions within the sport with the likes of Limba Ram after which Dola Banerjee successful in any respect ranges besides on the Olympics. Jayanta Talukdar had turn out to be a world quantity two in 2006, whereas Dola had raised the bar in 2007 by changing into the world champion, however all of them fizzled out at Beijing 2008.
What adopted was a meteoric rise of Deepika, who turned many heads round at a younger age of 15, by successful the Youth World Championships in 2009 after which bagging two gold on the New Delhi Commonwealth Video games subsequent 12 months. However in London 2012, she made a first-round exit as a full energy Indian aspect didn’t make any affect, and the outing was no higher in Rio de Janeiro 4 years later.
Competing in her third successive Olympics, two-time world No. 1 Deepika has seen all of it, from the lows of London to hitting rock-bottom at Rio 2016. 5 years down the road, the firebrand archer from Ranchi is within the type of her life having already gained 5 World Cup gold medals in current instances.
Wiser and maybe extra daring, Deepika’s largest problem could be to beat the Koreans, who’re each mentally and bodily sturdy. “It’s crucial as a result of Indian archery doesn’t have an Olympic medal so I wish to win,” Deepika mentioned forward of the Video games.
“I wish to show to myself that I can win. So it is crucial for me, my whole archery group and my nation.”
Within the absence of defending champion Chang Hye Jin who didn’t make the minimize, Deepika’s largest menace is Kang Chae Younger, who would have been the world No. 1 if the Olympics had been held in 2020. The promising 20-year-old An San, who had overwhelmed Deepika in straight units en path to win the gold on the Tokyo 2020 Check Occasion in July 2019, would additionally pose a giant problem.
Having certified for the primary time since 2012, the Indian males’s group additionally presents some promise and it might be a giant achievement, ought to they make the last-four. Comprising veteran Military archer Tarundeep Rai, Das and the promising Pravin Jadhav, the boys’s group gained a silver medal on the World Championships in 2019 to e-book its place on the Olympics.
Archery:
Girls’s Particular person rating spherical: 530am onwards
Girls’s group rating spherical: 530am onwards
Combined group rating spherical: 930am onwards
Males’s group rating spherical: 930am onwards
Males’s particular person rating spherical: 930am onwards
Tokyo Olympics occasions might be out there for livestreaming on SonyLiv web site and app together with JioTV.

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