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Folly dampens record glory

- Third milestone for Deepika at national archery meet

Golden girl Deepika Kumari yet again created a national record, this time in 50m (women), in the FITA round of 34th Senior National Archery Championship, which is underway at JRD Tata Sports Complex, on Tuesday.

However, the moment of glory was eclipsed by a blunder in 30m (women).

The ace archer, who broke two FITA national records on Monday, crashed out of the event after pulling out an arrow from the target before the scores were jotted down by the judges. Deepika had also not signed the scoresheet before pulling out the arrow.

The action, which is a violation of FITA rules, cost Deepika dearly and forced her hasty exit from the 30m event.

“It is an offence under FITA clause of 14.2.1 and 17.1.1,” said competition director H.L. Jindal.

Gujarat’s V. Praneetha (349) won gold in 30m event while Seema Verma (347) from Uttar Pradesh clinched silver. Jharkhand’s Asha Rani Horo finished with bronze (346).

Speaking to The Telegraph, Deepika candidly replied: “I committed a mistake. It happens sometimes.”

Her rivals and their coaches, however, responded differently.

“How can one expect such a silly mistake from a reputable and highly experienced archer,” said a participant on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, Deepika broke railway archer L. Bombayla Devi’s 50m record by scoring 346 out of 360 points. Devi had scored 333 at 32nd Sahara Senior Recurve and Compound National Championship held in Jamshedpur in 2012.

Deepika bagged gold medal in 50m event by edging past Praneetha (332) and Jharkhand’s Reena Kumari (321).

In the compound division, Jhano Hansda and Sudhakar Paswan bagged the mixed team event gold for Jharkhand with a score of 152.

The Rajasthan pair of Swati Dushwal and Rajest Chauhan (150) claimed silver medal while Ramandeep Kaur and Kawaljeet Singh (148) managed bronze.

The finalists in individual recurve event (men and women) were also identified on Tuesday afternoon. Services Sports Control Board’s (SSCB) Munni Ram Tirkey will take on Petroleum Sports Control Board’s Atanu Das in men’s category, while Deepika will lock horns with Praneetha.

Currently, host Jharkhand is leading the table with 11 medals — five gold, two silver and four bronze. SSCB is placed second with four medals — two gold and as many silver. Delhi is in third position with two medals — one gold and one silver.