Archers Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat entered semifinals of the women’s recurve event in the 21st Asian Archery Championships and with it secured individual Olympics quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

From the continental qualifications, three places were up for the taking and top-seed Deepika and sixth-seed Ankita made the most of it by making the final four. Karma of Bhutan and Nguyet Do Thi Anh of Vietnam won the remaining two individual quota places at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium.

Deepika was dominant against Nur Afisa Abdul Halil of Malaysia beating her 7-2, Zahra Nemati (Iran) 6-4 and local girl Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo 6-2 to set up a semifinal clash against Nguyet. Meanwhile, Ankita, on the other hand, defeated Lam Shuk Ching Ada of Hong Kong 7-1, Nguyen Thi Phuong of Vietnam 6-0 and Anastassiya Bannova (Kazhakstan) 6-4 to set up a last-four battle against Karma.

The three archers Deepika, Ankita and Bombayala Devi competed under a neutral flag due to the suspension of the Archery Association of India. As for the men, the recurve team comprising Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav had earlier secured individual berths for themselves.