Olympics: Deepika expected to hit bull's eye at London

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Bangalore, Jul 26: The whole of India will be praying for the best when Deepika Kumari takes up her bow at the London Games. Since the 18-year-old is the World No 1, there is every chance that she will get an Olympic medal.

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The country's hopes rest on Deepika's broad shoulders not just in the women's singles but also in the doubles event where she will combine with Chekrovolu Swuro and Bombayala Devi.

The team, ranked second in the world, will look to hit the bull's eye tomorrow at Lord's where Indian cricketers have enjoyed so much success in the past.

With the three women having spent the past 10 days in London, they are by now used to the climate and the training has proceeded smoothly under the watchful eyes of coach Purnima Mahato. Italy, South Korea, China and Chinese Taipei are expected to pose a stiff challenge to her wards.

Like the trio, their male counterparts could do well too this time. Tarundeep Rai, Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar currently occupy the third spot in the FITA rankings. Hence it will not be a major surprise if they figure among the medals.

Though the archers from Ukraine, the US, France, South Korea and China will surely make things for the Indians, Rahul and Jayanta will be able to benefit from Tarundeep's experience of competing in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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