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Archers out, Khade still in the hunt

india Updated: Aug 12, 2008 23:13 IST

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Indian women’s campaign in the individual archery event ended with Pranitha Vardhineni going down 99-106 to Kwon Un Sil of Korea in a pre-quarterfinal match in Beijing on Tuesday.

Pranitha, who made her Olympics debut here, was no match for her Korean opponent and failed to hit the target in crucial moments.

Parnitha, who had beaten Waller Jane of Australia 106-100 en-route to pre-quarterfinals, dominated the first quarter scoring 27, one shot adrift of Kwon.

However, the Indian soon lost track and could manage scores of 22, 24, 26 compared to 26, 26, 28 by her Korean counterpart in the next quarters.

Earlier, Pranitha’s teammates Dola Banerjee and L Bombayla Devi bowed out of the women’s individual event after losing their respective opening round matches.

While Dola lost to Marie-Pier Beaudet of Canada in tie-breaker after both were levelled at 109, Bombayla went down to Iwona Marcinkiewicz of Poland, who edged out the Indian 103-101 in a tense battle..

Khade lives Games dream

India’s Virdhawal Khade lived the Olympic dream at the Beijing Games on Tuesday when he competed in the 100 metres freestyle event and won his heat.

The 16-year-old from Bangalore claimed the third heat in 50.07 seconds, beating other similar-ranked swimmers from South Korea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

It didn’t matter that his time ranked him 42nd of the 64 qualifiers and was some 2.27secs slower than Australia’s world record holder Eamon Sullivan (47.80), he still had his moment in the spotlight. "I feel pretty good about swimming with the fastest swimmers in the world, I feel proud. It's an honour," Khade said.

"I wanted to do a 49 today, but it didn't happen, so I guess I will have to wait for the next competition."

Khade said he had been fired up by India's first-ever individual Olympic gold medal by Abhinav Bindra in the men's 10m Air Rifle event on Monday.

"I was happy that India won our individual first gold medal yesterday, everyone is really pumped and excited about it," he said.

Khade said he finds it difficult to train regularly as he studies in Mumbai and trains in Bangalore.

"It's always been tough. I train in Bangalore and study commerce near Mumbai, it's about 600 miles between the two. I go there only about once or twice a year," he said.

"I study when I train, maybe one hour a day with seven hours of training a day.

"I think I burn about 4,000 calories a day, India is known for unhealthy food, but I mostly eat Indian food and pasta twice a week.

"The curries and rice help to meet the amount of carbohydrates I need."

Jitender advances

Jitender Kumar pummelled his Turkish opponent Ulas Furkan Memis in less than three rounds to storm into the pre-quarterfinals of the boxing competition. Jitender, who was making his Olympic debut, led 12-3 before Memis threw in the towel just a few seconds into the third round of the lopsided bout.

Rowers disappoint in double sculls

The Indian pair of Devender Kumar Khandwal and Manjeet Singh finished a disappointing fifth in the lightweight men’s double sculls repechage 2.

The Indians clocked 7:02.06s, 23 seconds behind the winners -- Pedro Fraga and Nuno Mendes -- of Portugal who crossed the finishing line in 6:39.07s.

Devender and Manjeet’s effort extinguished their chances of making it to the semifinals of the event and will now compete for inconsequential 13-24 places.

Cuba’s Eyder Batista and Yunior Perez came second with a timing of 6:40.15s.

Lee-Hesh win

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won their first round match easily in the men's doubles tennis event here on Tuesday.