Deepika Kumari shoots 454 to top women`s recurve ranking round

Kolkata: Deepika Kumari was back in her elements as the former world No 1 archer topped the qualification round along with the men`s team in the recurve section of the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland on Wednesday.

According to information received here, the Ranchi youngster, who has slipped to 19th in the world rankings because of slump in form this year, bounced back to shoot 454 to top the women`s recurve ranking round.

Deepika, however, did not get enough support from her teammates Laxmi Rani Majhi and Laishram Bombayla Devi, who finished ninth and 20th respectively, as the Indian recurve women`s team slipped to second place with 1319 points behind China (1330).

Led by Tarundeep Rai`s fifth place finish, the men`s team put up a consistent show with Jayanta Talukdar (seventh) and Atanu Das (eighth) to top the recurve team qualification round with 1339 points ahead of the second-placed US (1335) and Italy (1329).

Rai and Deepika`s show also ensured a top place in the mixed pair qualification round in which the elimination will take place later in the day.

Elimination rounds for the recurve and compound sections will begin tomorrow while the finals will be held during the weekend.

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