India will not have a men’s archery team to compete in the Rio Games as it failed to make the cut in the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament held on the sidelines of the World Cup Stage 3 at the Konyaalti Beach Park.
The Indian trio of Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia, who got the top seeding, lost to lower ranked Malaysians 4-5 in the shoot-off (27-28) in the quarters to be out of Rio reckoning.
Needed to finish among top three to qualify, India found themselves in a favourable draw of 16 as it sweat past home challengers Turkey 4-5 in the shootoff (28-27).
But Champia’s poor form continued as the team squandered a 2-0 lead to lose to Malaysia in the quarters.
India however will be able to compete in the individual men’s recurve as Champia incidentally had grabbed a solitary quota place in the World Championship in July last year.
But with his lacklustre form Champia may miss out on the Rio-bound squad after a separate trial will be held by the Archery Association of India to pick the individual member.
Women’s recurve section however will have a full strength squad after it had made the cut in Denmark last year.
Atanu Das loses in semis, remain in medal hunt at World Cup
Indian youngster Atanu Das remained in the hunt for a bronze medal in the men’s individual recurve section, even as his teammates suffered early elimination in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 at the Konyaalti Beach Park here today.
Fourth seed Das lost to Korean top seed Ku Bonchan 0-6 in the semis and will face second seed Korean Kim Woojin in the bronze playoff Sunday.
Having got a bye to last 32, Das earlier defeated Chun Heng Wei 6-2 in the quarters, and Oldair Zamora 6-0 in the fourth round.
Deepika Kumari made a fourth round exit, losing to Guendalian Sartori of Italy 4-6.