Ankita secured individual Olympic quota by reaching the quarterfinals

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Antalya. Indian archer Ankita Bhakat on Sunday secured an individual quota place in the women’s category for next month’s Paris Olympics after defeating Gabriel Monica Bidor of Philippines to enter the quarter-finals of the final Olympic qualifier here.

Ninth seed Ankita defeated 40th seeded opponent Gabriel 6-0 (26-23, 28-22, 28-23) in the pre-quarterfinals. India has thus secured individual quota in both men’s and women’s categories. Dheeraj Bommadevara had earlier secured the men’s individual quota from the Asian qualifying stage.

Earlier, Ankita defeated Israel’s Shelly Hilton 6-4 (24-26, 25-25, 28-20, 25-25, 27-25) and Mikaela Moshe 7-3 (28-25, 25-27, 27-27, 28-25, 26-25) to make it to the last 16. Now she will face top seed Mobina Falah of Iran in the quarterfinals.

Third seed Bhajan Kaur is also in the race to secure a podium position. She defeated Mongolia’s Urantungalag Bishindi 6-2 (29-27, 28-26, 26-29, 27-24) and will face Slovenia’s Urska Kavic in the pre-quarterfinals. She got a bye in the third round of the Round of 32. Individual quotas are given to the top eight countries. Each country gets one individual quota. Earlier, India’s top female archer Deepika Kumari suffered a humiliating defeat in the opening round to Azerbaijan’s Yayagul Ramazanova. Second seed Deepika was defeated by the Azerbaijani archer 6-4 (26-28, 25-27, 23-26, 24-25, 27-29).

A team official told PTI, “There was no equipment related problem, but it happened due to a bad release. It could be due to pressure or some other reason.” The Indian men’s and women’s teams could not get quota from the last Olympic qualifier. But if both the teams maintain their world rankings, they can make it to the Paris Olympics by the last date of June 24.

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