The Indian women’s team returned strongly after the disappointment of the lack of an Olympic quota to finish second after Mexico in the qualifying round of stage 3 of the World Cup in archery, here on Tuesday.
The trio of world number three Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bakat and Komalika Bari, who made a shocking exit from the second round of the final Olympic qualifying tournament on Sunday, scored 1986 points to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals.
By the way, Mexico and India had identical finishes in the top two in the qualifying round on Sunday, before the Indian trio was eliminated from Colombia in sets.
The Indian women’s team with second place will face the winners in the draw between Spain and Sweden in the last 16.
Deepika returned to his elements after his debut on Sunday as he led by two points against his Mexican opponent Alejandra Valencia halfway before missing the pole position with six points.
Deepika shot 674 to take second place behind Alejandra to advance directly to the last 32 as second place.
Left-hander Ankita was the second best Indian in the qualifying round, shooting 664, finishing fifth and joining Deepika in the last 32 19-year-old Komalika finished 19th with 648 points.