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Indian archers aim bulls eye

For India, this is only the second time, when both men and women archery teams have qualified for the Olympics. Hopes are high, as Indian archers have performing exceedingly well in the run-up to London 2012. Indian archers have been able to earn the maximum of six quota places (three each in women and men) for the London Olympics. Now, India will be able to challenge the best in the world, both in individual as well as in team events, for the second time since 2004 Athens Olympics. The Indian women’s team, comprising Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro, booked their ticket to London after winning a silver medal at the 2011 Women Archery Team World Championship in Turin.__POLL__27__However, the Indian men’s archery team, comprising Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee, had to wait anxiously to secure an Olympic berth, till June 22, 2012 in the qualifiers at Ogden, USA.The Indian women’s team look quite formidable on papers. Led by the new World No 1 Deepika Kumari, the team can spring a few big surprises. In the individual section, Kumari has a strong chance of podium finish.The men’s team, on the other hand, will have to play out of their skins, to match the best at the Olympics. In the individual section, hopes are high on former World No 2 Jayanta Talukdar and the highly talented Tarundeep Rai, to bring home Olympic glory.However, to be fair on the players, world ranking hardly matters in a sport like archery. Apart from skills, adjustment to the wind at the magnanimous Lord’s Cricket Ground will be the key to decide the fate of Indian archers. With consistency and a bit of luck, the chance of tricolour fluttering at the Lord’s can not be ruled out.

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