Tokyo Olympics Live Update:
06:52 AM: Deepika has certainly lost momentum as her next six arrows produced just 53. With just 24 arrows left, she is 15 points away from the top to An San (457 points) at 442. Deepika shot just a 10 and four 9’s in the eighth round; 4 more rounds to go.
06:45 AM: Deepika picks 55 out of 60 right after the break to reach a total of 389. She shoots two 10’s and as many 9’s and an X, which came at the beginning of the round. Meanwhile, An San crosses 400-mark as she shoots 56 to increase her lead at the top at 401.
06:32 AM: A look at top 15 at the end of the first half with Deepika ranked 4 at the moment.
06:30 AM: A breakdown of Deepika’s performance at the end of the first half
06:27 AM: Deepika is getting better by the minute as the World No.1 climbs to the fourth spot at the end of the first half.
06:18 AM: Deepika makes amend in her next six arrows and earns 59 points; placing her back among the top 10 with a total of 277. The gap between her and San An reduced to 10 with the Korean at 287.
06:14 AM: The World No. 1 finds more trouble with two X’s in the fourth round; she slips to 14 with 51 points and a cumulative score of 218. San An surges ahead at 230 and has shot so far 15 10’s. Interestingly the Korean has 8 X’s against her name — three more than Deepika — but has made up for that with 15 10’s.
06:06 AM: A breakdown of Deepika Kumari performance after shooting 18 arrows
05:59 AM: Deepika shoots further 56 and maintains her 10th spot in the ranking with a cumulative score of 167, An San slips further away at the top at 174, followed by Veronika at 171.
05:54 AM: After second set of arrows, Deepika shoots further 55 to and is five points behind leader An San of Korea at ranked 10.
05:49 AM: After the first six arrows, Deepika is eighth with 56. She started off with an X and backed that up with three 10s but shot an 8 with the sixth arrow. Early days. Ukraine’s Veronika Marchenko is in the lead with 58 (five 10s, two of which were Xs).
Unfortunately, the Archery Ranking Rounds are not broadcast LIVE.
The Indian archery quartet of Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will begin their campaign on the first day of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Deepika will be the first compete in the women’s individual ranking round from 5:30 am while Das, Rai and Jadhav will be a part of the men’s individual ranking round from 9:30 am. The 27-year-old Deepika is in great form, having won three gold medals at the FITA World Cup Stage 3 in Paris last month — claiming titles in women’s individual recurve, women’s team, and mixed team events.
Deepika will be hoping to be third-time lucky in Tokyo. This Olympics is Deepika’s third Games. She had finished eighth in the women’s team event in the 2012 London Olympics and crashed out in the first round in the women’s individual section in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
Fans will witness very little sporting action on the first day as only two sports (Archery and Rowing) are scheduled to take place in the morning. The opening ceremony of the Tokyo showpiece is scheduled to take place later in the day.