A week after their mixed team partnership was split up, the duo’s bonding was well evident during Das’ upset last-32 win over Oh Jin Hyek. Deepika was seen shouting from the gallery to cheer her husband who came from being 2-4 down to win in the shootoff. The duo thus remains the only Indian archers in medal fray, advancing to their respective pre-quarter finals. “I was listening to her full time. She was pushing me: ‘believe in myself’, ‘you can do it’, ‘just stay calm and handle the situation’,” Das said in the mixed zone after his 6-5 (10-9) win. “She is world number one and I’m privileged to have my wife in this competition. It was a great support and motivation for me.” Das was denied a chance to recreate his chemistry with Deepika in the mixed pair section after he slipped four places behind Olympian debutant Pravin Jadhav, who stood 31st in the ranking round. The Indian think tank went by the rankings, ignoring the star couple’s gold medal feat at the Paris World Cup, less than a month back. The duo of Jadhav and Deepika, pairing up for the first time, made a quarterfinal exit going down… Read full this story
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