Indian pair of Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari faltered against American Olympic medallists Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig in the mixed section semifinals of the Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
The duo from U.S. took a 39-34 lead in the first end and went on to record a close 150-146 win over the fourth seeded Indian pair on Wednesday.
India will now hope for a bronze medal as Das-Deepika will fight it out against the Mexican team of Aida Roman and Juan Rene Serrano, the bronze medallists in Antalya, in the playoff scheduled later on Thursday night.
Rai bounces back
Asian Games sliver medallist Tarundeep Rai, who finished last in the qualification round, bounced back to make the third round of the men’s event. Rai overcame a 1-3 deficit to stun No. 17 seed Thomas Faucheron of France 6-4 even as his teammate Jayanta Talukdar was stopped by Brazil’s Marcos Bortoloto.
Rai, who earlier beat Andres Aguilar Gimpel of China 7-1, will face No. 16 seed Thomas Aubert of France in the last-32.
Fifth seed Atanu Das got a bye into the last 32 and will take on Norwegian Baard Nesteng.
In the women’s recurve, Dola Banerjee continued her poor run as she was shown the door by no 33 Marina Canetta Gobbi of Brazil. However Rimil Biruly beat Fatima Hernandez of Dominican Republic 6-2 to set up a round-of-32 clash against Lya Solano of Dominican Republic.
Deepika and Laishram Bombayla Devi have been seeded directly into the round of 32. In the compound division, India qualified sixth in both men’s and women’s sections.PTI