KOLKATA: Needing to win the first round of the team championship to book Beijing Olympic Games’ berths, the Indian women’s recurve team ended 12th to put itself in a spot of bother in the 44th world archery championship at Leipzig in Germany on Monday.

By virtue of finishing so low, India has drawn to play the fifth ranked Russian Federation in the first round. Getting to the next round looks rather difficult at this stage unless India enjoys a large chunk of luck on that day.

The Indians’ second chance to make it to Beijing can come from the individual competition but the luck of draw has ensured only one from the three can make it provided the form plays true.

India’s woes were compounded by Dola Banerjee’s below par showing. The veteran in her fourth world meet clearly let the team down by finishing 50th overall (1,294 points) in the FITA round qualification. The surprise was Chekrovolu Swuro, who perhaps for the first time, did so well ending 18th (1,330) in a powerful field of 144 archers.

The icing, of course, was her third place finish in the 30m event where she totalled 352 out of 360 points. The third Indian Laishram Bombayla Devi did well in her first world meet with a fighting display to be 32nd (1312). — Special Correspondent

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