India's greatest archery hope Deepika Kumari failed to deliver when it mattered the most and then blamed it on the windy conditions after the team went down 4-5 to Russia in the quarterfinals of the women's recurve competition.
Deepika said that it looks easy from outside. " Andar Aakar maar kar dikhao ," she said. Deepika again blamed windy conditions here in Rio. It can be recalled that she also had the same excuse after London Olympics debacle.
"We tried our best, and all of us gave 100 percent but it's really disappointing to lose this way, once again. It was very windy and it was blowing away us," Deepika said. Deepika needed to shoot a perfect 10 in the final shot but the highly rated Jharkhand archer could only manage an 8 under floodlights at the Sambodromo arena.
"We tried our level best and were shooting confidently but somehow we missed the crucial points. It was simply our not day. It was a close match and could have gone either away. It's very hard to digest the loss. The wind was blowing our equipment away and was difficult to target the centre," she reasoned. Coach Poornima Mahto conceded the fact that the Russians were quick and adjusted well. Lakshmi struggled in the wind.