Star India archer Deepika Kumari finished with 663 points, while talented 20-year-old Korean prodigy An San (680) topped the qualification round with an Olympic record score of 680

“The performance was good and bad, a little in between I would say,” Kumari said. “I don’t know why I wasn’t too good, but I’m planning to control my stuff so that I can play with it.”

“I want to show my best performance here, and I’ll shoot it 100% in the next round,” she said. “It’s good [to be here] but, at the same time, I just want to succeed.”

Deepika Kumari will face Karma of Bhutan, who seeded 56th with a score of 616, in her first-round match, which will take place in the afternoon on Wednesday 28 July.

Deepika was in prime form in the lead up to the Games, winning Archery World Cup Stage 1 and Stage 3 individual medals in Guatemala City and Paris. She also won the mixed team gold along with her partner, Atanu Das in Paris in June.

Notably, Deepika is the only Indian woman archer who has made it to the Tokyo Games.

The performances will determine the seedings for the elimination rounds. The previous Olympic record score in the individual ranking round was 673, while the world record (692) is held by Kang Chae Wong, the world No.3 who finished third with 675 points for a Korean top-three in the qualification round.

The qualifying round results are used to seed the athletes and nations for the individual, mixed team and team competitions, deciding their opponents in the competition.

Archers shoot 72 arrows at the target set 70 metres away, in 12 series of six arrows.

They are ranked from highest to lowest at the end of the round.

An archer’s position after the ranking round becomes their seed for matchplay.

With her ninth-place finish, Deepika will now face 56th placed Bhu Karma from Bhutan in the first elimination round. Bhu Karma, a Rio Olympian, is 193rd in world rankings.

The combined score (1319) of Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav makes them the ninth-placed duo in the mixed team event. The two will be up against Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chia-En and Tang Chin-Chun in the round of 16 on Saturday.

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