World No.1 Deepika Kumari finished just outside the top-eight in the women’s individual ranking round on the opening day of the archery competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Deepika, whose best score at an international event is 686 and best score on the domestic circuit is 690 at the trials for the Games, totalled 663 points to take the ninth place. She will be up against Bhutan’s Karma in the next round and might face An San in the quarters.
The ace Indian archer scored 334 points after first six rounds, including her worst (51) and best (59) rounds fourth and fifth respectively.
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She performed well thereafter and rose to the sixth position after shooting a 58 in the 10th round. But scores of 53, her only round without a 10, and 54 in the last two pulled her back a little bit as she could collect 329 points in the last six rounds.
The Koreans, who stayed away from international competitions in the run-up to the Olympics, once again showed their class taking the top three places.
An San (680), Jang Minhee (677) and Kang Chae-young (675) took the top three places and registered a team total of 2032 points to post better scores than the previous Olympic records, including the individual record (673) of Lina Herasimenko of Ukraine in 1996 and women’s team record of 2004 set by Korea in 2008.
The top-eight places also included two Mexicans, Alejandra Valencia (674) and Aida Roman (665).