Following the Indian women’s archery team loss to Russia in the quarterfinals at the Olympic archery stadium here on Sunday, Bombayla Devi, who was the best performer on the day with a series of consistent attempts, later said “when a gust of wind comes, you have to go ahead and shoot, you cannot wait or you may do much worse”.
Deepika Kumari got upset when a journalist asked her that had she hit the perfect score of ten, the Indian team could have won. “You should come and see at the spot. We want to hit a ten every time,” she said.
Laxmirani Manjhi was not in the best of form and registered poor scores at crucial junctures that ultimately cost the Indians the match.
Head coach Dharmendra Tiwari said strong gusts at least twice before the Indian team’s turn may have been a strong factor in the loss. “The girls have not practiced much against strong winds, and in archery that plays a very important role,” he said.
Tiwari said it was commendable that they had held the world champions to a shoot-off, but inconsistency at the end did not help.” Hopefully, in the individual events we will do well. I have very high hopes from the girls,” he said.
Rajiv Mehta, secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association said the overall performance of the Indian contestants had been patchy so far. “The girls did well in between but they could not meet up to expectations in the end. There’s no point in blaming any particular factor for the loss,” he said.
India came out fighting in the final set with four 9s to total 52 before Colombia panicked under pressure to manage only 44, giving India passage to the last-16 stage.