London: Vijender Singh produced a strong display in the boxing ring while rower Swaran Singh won his repechage to enter the single sculls final, but India continued to misfire in archery in the London Olympic Games, here on Sunday.

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Vijender, who has vowed to improve upon his showing in Beijing four years ago when he won a bronze medal - the first by a fist-fighter in India's history -- started his quest on a perfect note in the middleweight (75kg) pre-quarterfinals with a comfortable 14-10 win over Kazakhstan's Danabek Sukhanov in a late night bout on Saturday.

"I am delighted to make it through to the next round, he was a tough opponent and now it's onto the next challenge," said the 26-year-old Haryana star.

"I want to go home with a different coloured medal this time," he added.

Vijender will take on Terrell Gausha of USA in the pre-quarters on August 2.

Rower Swarn Singh held off a late challenge from his South Korean rival Kim Dongyong to win the single sculls repechage round and book a berth in the last eight.

Swran, who had to compete in the repechage round after finishing fourth in the heats yesterday, clocked 7:00.49 to complete the 2-km distance, winning the five-man race by more than a boat length, at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre.

The 23-year-old from Punjab had clocked 6:54.04 in the heats yesterday. Kim, who clocked 7:03.91 to finish second, also made it to the quarterfinals which will be held on Tuesday.

Swarn led the five-rower race from the start itself and only Kim gave him competition while the others fell behind.

In the last 500m, Kim made a last-ditch effort to catch up with Swarn, but the Indian not only held off the challenge but also stretched the lead to win the race by one-and-a-half boat length.

But disappointments continued at the Lord's Cricket Ground, venue of archery competitions, where the women's team was off target in crunch situations as it lost to Denmark by a point in a see-saw pre-quarterfinal battle.

The trio of world number one Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro lost 210-211 to the Danish team, comprising Louise Laursen, Maja Jager and Carina Christiansen, and made their exit from the team event.

Even though the Indians hit more perfect 10s than their rivals, the Danish saved their best for key moments in which the Indians seemed to wilt under pressure.

The Danes hit the bull's eye thrice compared to just once by the Indians, who were hampered by Deepika's indifferent form.

Bombayla, however, seemed in good touch and kept the team in the hunt till the end, getting most of the 10s – including 3 in a row, but Swuro fired a poor 5 and then a 6 to let the team down.

The Indians managed to win the first and the last sets, but the Danes had the overall lead.

Earlier, the men's team had crashed out at the pre-quarterfinal stage on Saturday after losing to Japan.

The archers now have to look forward to the individual events starting on Monday.

 The feuding Indian men's tennis players would be seen in action in the doubles event later in the day while tomorrow the men's hockey outfit would make its entry in the competition after a gap of eight years.

Beijing Games gold medal-winning marksman Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang would also make their appearance at the shooting range on Monday by competing in the 10M Air Rifle event.


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