Indian women archers have good chance of Olympic medal: Mahato

Jamshedpur: The women`s trio of Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and L Bombayla Devi stand a good chance of winning a medal at the London Olympics if they could maintain their current form, said Purnima Mahato, coach of the Indian women`s archery team.

The trio qualified for the London mega event after making the finals of the World Championships in Italy last year.

"All the three archers have been doing consistently well in the team`s event while their prospects are bright in the individual event too," Mahato said.

"The trio have been shooting well but they will have to maintain their form and shoot in the range of 228-229 as a tough team like Korea remains a strong medal contender in the event," said Mahto, the 1993 Bangkok Asian Grand Prix gold medalist.

The trio have brought several laurels for the country including a silver medal in the Archery World Cup stage-I held at Shanghai, China in April last. The Indian recurve archers went down to Korea in the finals of the meet, which was considered as first trial for the London Olympics.

The team, however, bounced back winning individual gold and silver in the men`s team event in the Stage-II World Cup held at Antalya, Turkey in the first week of May.

A former national Champion, Mahato cautioned the trio not to be complacent and focus on shooting in all weather conditions.

"Deepika Kumari and L Bombayla Devi have good chance to win individual medals as well," said Mahto.

Chekrovolu Swuro, who has qualified for the mid-July mega sports event is in good form but she will have to improve her shooting against wind, Mahto observed.

Swuro was committing minor mistakes and will have to judge wind condition properly without taking too much time to shoot, she said while expressing that she will improve her form as we still have two months time in hand.

Expressing satisfaction with the prevailing form of the women archers, Mahato said they will have to further sharpen their shooting skills keeping in mind the prevailing weather conditions in London in July-August.

Keeping in view the prevailing weather condition in London, she said the Archery Association of India has shifting its coaching camp from Kolkata to Sikkim for acclimatization even though the condition would not be as similar as there.

About the outcome of the 35-day long training undergone by Tata Archery Academy Cadets-cum-Olympic qualifier Deepika Kumar and Jayanta Talukdar in South Korea in February last, Mahto, who had accompanied them to Korea, said the training was good as they had undergone basic and physical training.

“No.”, pat came the reply, when asked whether the Indian women team would take part in the World Cup Stage III to be held in Ogden, USA from 17to 23rd June.

She said, however, the Ogden meet was mandatory for the Indian men’s Recurve team to participate as it would decide the fate of the two vacant seats for the Indian team for London Olympics.

Besides the three Women archer trio, India’s ace archer, Jayanta Talukdar, a Tata Archery Academy cadet, was the lone archer in the men’s section to qualify for the London Olympics so far.


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