Notwithstanding the ladies’s crew’s failure to qualify, the quartet of Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav entered the mega-event with renewed hopes of successful the nation’s first Olympic medal within the sport.
The largest prospects are the husband-wife duo of Das and Deepika who would look to recreate the magic of the Paris World Cup within the combined pair competitors that may make its Games debut on Saturday on the Yumenoshima Park.
Since the 1988 Games, India have produced many champions within the sport with the likes of Limba Ram after which Dola Banerjee successful in any respect ranges besides on the Olympics.
Jayanta Talukdar had change into a world quantity two in 2006, whereas Dola had raised the bar in 2007 by changing into the world champion, however all of them fizzled out at Beijing 2008.
What adopted was a meteoric rise of Deepika, who turned many heads round at a younger age of 15, by successful the Youth World Championships in 2009 after which bagging two gold on the New Delhi Commonwealth Games subsequent 12 months.
But in London 2012, she made a first-round exit as a full energy Indian facet didn’t make any influence, and the outing was no higher in Rio de Janeiro 4 years later.
Competing in her third successive Olympics, two-time world No. 1 Deepika has seen all of it, from the lows of London to hitting rock-bottom at Rio 2016.
Five years down the road, the firebrand archer from Ranchi is within the type of her life having already received 5 World Cup gold medals in latest occasions.
Wiser and maybe extra daring, Deepika’s largest problem could be to beat the Koreans, who’re each mentally and bodily sturdy.
“It’s crucial as a result of Indian archery doesn’t have an Olympic medal so I need to win,” Deepika mentioned forward of the Games.
“I need to show to myself that I can win. So it is crucial for me, my complete archery crew and my nation.”
In the absence of defending champion Chang Hye Jin who didn’t make the reduce, Deepika’s largest menace is Kang Chae Young, who would have been the world No. 1 if the Olympics had been held in 2020.
The promising 20-year-old An San, who had overwhelmed Deepika in straight units en path to win the gold on the Tokyo 2020 Test Event in July 2019, would additionally pose a giant problem.
Having certified for the primary time since 2012, the Indian males’s crew additionally provides some promise and it could be a giant achievement, ought to they make the last-four.
Comprising veteran Army archer Tarundeep Rai, Das and the promising Pravin Jadhav, the lads’s crew received a silver medal on the World Championships in 2019 to e book its place on the Olympics.
Rai is competing in his third Olympics since making his debut at Athens 2004, whereas Das will make his second look after Rio.
The world rankings do not give the right image as neither Korea nor Chinese Taipei, China and Japan actually competed internationally because the second half of 2019.
All 4 of those nations will likely be at full energy within the Japanese capital and it stays to be seen whether or not the Indians are in a position to overcome the Asian menace and the acquainted strain of being on the Olympics.