Archers Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat progressed to the semi-finals of the ongoing Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok to secure an Olympic quota in women’s recurve event on Thursday.
Deepika was in top form as she put up a dominating show to go past Malaysian Nur Afisa Abdul Halil 7-2, Iranian Zahra Nemati 6-4 and local favourite Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo 6-2.
Deepika will now face Nguyet Do Thi Anh in the last-four stage. “We wanted to give our best. But we were a little bit nervous earlier in the day. There was too much wind,” Deepika said. “We were desperate to win one more quota. We forgot about the past and everything. The whole team is very happy, at least we won one quota. This tournament has been very good show for us. Now we hope to earn a team quota from the Berlin stage of the World Cup next year.”
Ankita was also in some form as he sailed past Lam Shuk Ching Ada of Hong Kong 7-1, Nguyen Thi Phuong of Vietnam 6-0 and Anastassiya Bannova of Kazakhstan 6-4. She will face Karma in the semi-finals.
There were three individual places for grabs from the continental qualifications. The remaining two individual quota places were taken by Karma of Bhutan and Nguyet of Vietnam.
Indian archers are competing without a flag due to the suspension of Archery Association of India
This is India’s second Olympic quota place in archery after the men’s recurve team of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav had secured the first in the World Championships earlier this year.
The Berlin stage of the 2020 World Cup will be the last qualifying archery event.