India's women recurve team kept itself in medal contention by moving to the semifinals of the Asian Games even as the men's recurve team suffered a close 3-5 defeat against Hong Kong to crash out in the elimination round of the archery competition, here on Friday.
Deepika Kumari, India's best bet in women's archery showed good form to come up as the eighth best in the ranking round of the women's individual recurve event at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field here on Wednesday.
Having pocketed the recurve women`s top seed at the Archery World Cup last-stage, ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari is now eyeing a last-gasp berth into the World Cup Final where she has three silver medals.
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.
Poor form of former World No.1 archer Deepika Kumari and "needless" selection changes have contributed to the dramatic drop in the performance of India`s famed women`s recurve team, which failed to qualify for the year`s opening World Cup months after winning the competition twice in a row.
The country`s top archers, including Deepika Kumari, will be seen in action in the TATA National Ranking Archery Tournament (NRAT) - 2nd Stage for Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior beginning at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
Incheon Asian Games will not compete with the big spending Guangzhou Asiad in terms of big budget but deliver an "economical and effective" multi-sporting event, its organising committee chief said Tuesday.
Ace archer Deepika Kumari was on Thursday named Sportsperson of the Year while cricket legend Rahul Dravid was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award at the India Sports Awards being Presented by FICCI here Thursday.