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Indian women archers have good chance of Olympic medal: Mahto

The women's trio of Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and L Bombayla Devi stand a good chance of winning a medal at the London Olympics if they could maintain their current form, said Purnima Mahto, coach of the Indian women's archery team.

The trio qualified for the London mega event after making the finals of the World Championships in Italy last year.

'All the three archers have been doing consistently well in the team's event while their prospects are bright in the individual event too,' Mahto told.

'The trio have been shooting well but they will have to maintain their form and shoot in the range of 228-229 as a tough team like Korea remains a strong medal contender in the event,' said Mahto, the 1993 Bangkok Asian Grand Prix gold medalist.

The trio have brought several laurels for the country including a silver medal in the Archery World Cup stage-I held at Shanghai, China in April last. The Indian recurve archers went down to Korea in the finals of the meet, which was considered as first trial for the London Olympics.

The team, however, bounced back winning individual gold and silver in the men's team event in the Stage-II World Cup held at Antalya, Turkey in the first week of May.

A former national Champion, Mahto cautioned the trio not to be complacent and focus on shooting in all weather conditions.

'Deepika Kumari and L Bombayla Devi have good chance to win individual medals as well,' said Mahto.
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