KOLKATA: Four recurve bow archers, Atanu Das and Pawan Xalxo (junior men), Sanjay Boro (cadet men) and Deepika Kumari (cadet women), saved what looked like a disastrous third day at the Youth World championship at Ogden (Utah) in the U.S. on Wednesday.
Out of 24 Indians in fray in the elimination round of the championship, only four made it to the quarterfinals.
Fifth seeded Atanu Das will clash with 13th seeded Xing Yu of China and 10th ranked Pawan Xalxo will play second seed from Korea Sung Wook Yeong for a place in the semifinals.
Seventh-seeded Sanjay Boro will meet 18th seed Osman Eskici of Turkey in the cadet men’s recurve section while senior and sub-junior National champion and fourth seed Deepika Kumar will take on fifth seed Miranda Leek of US in quarterfinals.
Hemanta Basumatary (junior recurve men), Seema Verma and Balemai Hansda (both junior recurve women) went out in the second round while Sumita Kumari was eliminated in the third.
Among the cadet archers, Mangal Ho fought well yet lost to Gael Prevost of France in the pre-quarterfinals, 108-111. Parashan Nath lost in the third round.
All the eight compound archers found the going very tough and bowed out either in the first or second round of action. Sudhakar Kumar Paswan was the lone compound archer to make it to the pre-quarterfinals.