India's Bombayla Devi Laishram is through to the last 16 of the women's individual archery event at the Rio Olympics. Laishram beat Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-chia by six set points to two on Wednesday to advance to the round of 16. It was an impressive win for the 33-year-old Indian considering Lin was the silver medalist at last year's archery world championships. She had also qualified in ninth place in the ranking round, compared to Laishram's 24th.
Laishram took the first two sets 27-24 and 27-24, before Lin fought back to win the third narrowly 27-26. However, Laishram did not allow her opponent back into the match as she clinched the fourth set 28-26 and thereby the game.
Laishram had made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympics as well and she now has a chance to go further. She will play her round of 16 match on Thursday at 5.56 pm against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Earlier in the day, Laishram had beaten Austria’s Laurence Baldauff by a similar 6-2 scoreline in their round of 64 clash.