Dhiraj Bommadevara.©

Dhiraj Bommadevara had an outstanding performance in the Asian Continental Qualifier Tournament and, by reaching the final, secured India's first Olympic spot in recurve archery for Paris 2024. The competition took place in Bangkok, Thailand, and maintained a consistent performance from the early qualifying rounds.

The archer, who had won a silver medal at the Asian Games earlier this year, scored 677 points, one more than Tarundeep Rai, also from India.

Bommadevara progressed to the second round by defeating Ezizmuhammet Sahedov 6-0. He had no rival against the archer from Turkmenistan. In the first round, he did not have to compete as he advanced by bye. In the third round, he also secured a 6-0 victory over Singapore's Li Yue Long. In the quarter-finals, the result remained unchanged as he defeated Iran's Sadegh Ashrafi Bavili by the same score. In the semifinals, the final step before reaching the match that granted the Olympic spot, Bommadevara faced another Iranian, Mohammadhossein Golshani Asl. The winner knew they would secure the ticket to Paris 2024. Nerves did not betray the Indian, who repeated the result and advanced to a final where the outcome was not as important as being present, because the prize was significant. Bommadevara also won 6-0 and enjoyed the rest of the tournament.

Tarundeep Rai fell just short of the Olympic spot, losing 6-0 to Zih-Siang, the eventual gold medal winner in the men's recurve archery competition