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Deepika, Atanu exit from recurve mixed event

India’s struggling recruve archers were in for more shock with Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das suffering an upset defeat at the hands of lower-ranked Mongolia in the Asian Games here via shoot-out.

The 4-5 loss in the mixed team quarter-finals left the Indian squad shell-shocked as Deepika yet again floundered in pressure situation, finding a seven in the second shot of the shoot-off, which led to their ouster.

Meanwhile, India’s compound team of Abhishek Verma and Jyoti Surekaha moved to the quarter-final with a 155-147 win over Iraq’s Fatima Saad Mahmood and Eshaq Ibrahim Mohammed. They will next take on Iran.

Deepika, world number seven, and the 19th ranked Atanu were favourites against the Mongolians.

The team of Bishindee Urantungalag, ranked as low as 254 and Otgobbold Baatarkhuya, ranked 94 in the world, nosed ahead by taking the first set 2-0.

The Indian team clawed its back by taking the next two but the Mongolians forced a shoot-off by snatching the fourth.

In the deciding shoot-off, both the teams found 10s in the first shot. The Mongolians found nine on the second while Deepika shot a seven.PTI

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