Tuesday , July 23 2024

Indian archer Bhajan Kaur wins gold in women's individual event, secures Paris quota

Antalya, June 17 (HS). Indian archer Bhajan Kaur secured the Paris Olympics quota by winning the gold medal in the women's individual recurve event in Antalya on Sunday.

In the final World Quota tournament, Kaur defeated top seed Mobina Fallah of the Islamic Republic of Iran 6-2 in the final. Seeded third, Kaur began her campaign with byes in the first two rounds.

She defeated Mongolia's Urantungalag Bishindi 6-1 in the third round. Kaur defeated Slovenia's Urska Cavic 7-3 in the fourth round to ensure she continues to progress in the tournament. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Poland's Violeta Maszor 6-0 and in the semifinals, she defeated tenth seed Alexandra Mirka of Moldova 6-2. Her compatriot Ankita Bhakat was also in the race and reached the quarterfinals.

Bhakta, seeded ninth, got a bye in the first round. In the second and third rounds, she won 6-4 and 7-3 over Israel's Shelly Hilton and Michaela Moshe respectively. But in the quarterfinals, she lost 6-4 to Iran's Mobina Fallah.

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Deepika Kumari suffered a defeat in the third round. Seeded second, she lost 6-4 to 31st seed Yaylagul Ramazanova of Azerbaijan after receiving a bye in the first two rounds. India's individual quota can be upgraded to a team quota if the men's and women's teams can make the cut through their world rankings on June 24.

Earlier in the tournament, the Indian men's and women's recurve archery teams failed to secure direct team quotas in their respective events from Antalya. The men's team of Tarundeep Rai, Dheeraj Bommadevara and Pravin Jadhav lost 5-4 to Mexico in the quarter-finals. While the women's team of Ankita, Bhajan and Deepika lost 5-3 to Ukraine in the Round of 16.