Archery at Tokyo Olympics: India bow out in the quarterfinals of Mixed Team Event, lose to favorites, South Korea

The mixed team pairing of Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav were defeated in the quarterfinals by South Korea.

Archery at Tokyo Olympics
Archery at Tokyo Olympics

India’s hopes of a medal in Archery on Day One of Tokyo Olympics were dented, as the archers lost to South Korea in the Mixed Team event. The pairing of Pravin Jadhav and Deepika Kumari lost 6-2 against the favorites, South Korea on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, India defeated Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals by a score-line of 5-3, despite a slow start to the match. However, they were unable to match up to the world-class Koreans, as the Indian archers struggled with most of their arrows.

The first two sets were won by South Korea, whereas, India won the third set to come back into contention. The fourth set was again won by the Koreans to seal the match.

Pravin Jadhav and Deepika Kumari lose to South Korea in Mixed Team Event

Deepika Kumari, Tokyo Olympics full schedule
Deepika Kumari

The first set saw both teams way off the mark, as South Korea managed to win the set with a score of just 35. On the other end, India managed a score of 32, as none of the archers managed to score a 10-pointer.

The second set was a closely contested affair, as Korea scored 38 points, whereas, India could managed 37 points. Pravin Jadhav scored a perfect 10 on both his arrows, where Deepika Kumari could manage a score of only 17.

The third set saw a surprise, as India scored 37 points, compared to Korea’s 35. Pravin Jadhav continued his good form, managing to score 19 from his two arrows.

The fourth set was won by South Korea, which sealed the match for the favorites. They scored 36 points, whereas, India could manage only 33 points. Pravin Jadhav’s first arrow was way off the mark, as he could score just 6.

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