Indian Men’s Recurve Team Misses Paris Quota in Final Olympic Qualifier

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The Indian men’s recurve archery team, comprising Pravin Jadhav, Tarundeep Rai, and Dhiraj Bommadevara, faced a heart-wrenching exit in the quarterfinals of the Final Olympic Qualifier for the Paris 2024 Games. Their loss to Mexico’s Matias Grande, Carlos Rojas, and Bruno Martinez Wing was a closely contested battle, ending with a score of 4-5.

The defeat means that the Indian team will now have to rely on world rankings to secure a spot in the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Disappointment for both men’s and women’s teams at Olympic Qualifier

The Indian trio had to finish on the podium to get a direct quote but this loss means that the team will have to rely on its two spots which will be filled through the world rankings on June 24. Currently, the Indian team is World No. 2, the highest amongst those who have not grabbed a quota and are most likely to qualify.

The men’s team qualifying event saw stiff competition among 46 teams for the three available quotas. India was seeded first after topping the ranking round with a score of 2018 and got a bye in the first round. It beat Luxembourg 6-0 in the second round.

This setback follows the surprising defeat of the Indian women’s team to Ukraine in the pre-quarters. The world No. 2 men’s team fought valiantly but ultimately fell short, losing to Mexico in a dramatic shoot-off. Despite their efforts, the coveted Olympic quota eluded them, leaving their fate in the hands of global rankings.

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