Incheon: Archer Deepika Kumar Wednesday kept alive India's medal hopes in Asian Games archery finishing a creditable eighth in the ranking round and booking a place in the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event at the Gyeyang Archery Field here.
Th 20-year-old Deepika, who won two gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, shot a total of 1337 over four distances 70m, 60m, 50m and 30m. She faces Uzbekistan's Munira Nurmanova in the pre-quarter final elimination round on Friday.
Laxmirani Majhi also made it to the pre-quarters after she finished 15th with a score of 1319 and will be up against Sharbekova Asel of Kyrgystan in the elimination round.
However, two other Indian archers Laishram Bambayla Devi (1301) and Pranitha Vardhaneni (1271) failed to make the elimination round after they finished 20th and 30th respectively. But the quartet of Deepika, Laxmirani, Bambayla and Pranitha also assured a fifth-place finish for the Indian team with a total of 3957. Indian will now take on Hong Kong in the team quarter-finals. South Korea (4081) finished first followed by China (4044), Japan (3994) and Chinese Taipei (3966).
In the men's event, India were sixth with a total score of 3923 behind South Korea (4101), Japan (4001), Malaysia (3955), Taipei (3951) and China (3928) over the distances of 90, 70, 50 and 30m.