Indian archers emerge a force to reckon with in 2010

Kolkata: In a year that witnessed two
sporting spectacles in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,
Indian archers had some hits as well as misses as they became
a force to reckon with, ahead of the London Olympics in two
years time.

The emergence of 16-year-old Deepika Kumari, seen as the
future of Indian archery, and the stunning comeback by 2004
Olympian Tarundeep Rai after being in the sidelines for about
two years were some high points of 2010.

Daughter of an autorickshaw driver in Ranchi, the `baby`
Deepika was the best performer in the Commonwealth Games when
she clinched the gold in individual section and helped the
team win another yellow metal.

Asian Games was though a heart-breaking experience for
Deepika who faltered to finish fourth in individual section,
but the Army archer Tarundeep scripted history by bagging the
first ever silver in individual recurve as India also won a
bronze medal each in men`s and women`s team events.

2010 will also be remembered for the flop show by the
fancied men`s recurve team in both Commonwealth Games and
Asian Games after their gold medal performances in World Cup
Stage II and IV.

Targetting a rich haul of medals in the Commonwealth
Games, Archery Association India in association with Sports
Authority of India had provided comprehensive training about
two years in advance and appointed Limba Ram as the national

The result was though just eight medals -- three gold,
one silver and four bronze -- of the 24 up for grabs with the
World Cup champions men`s team returning duds with a bronze
finish, as Limba, whose contract expired after the Asian
Games, termed Commonwealth Games campaign a disappointment.

There were no South Koreans in the Commonwealth Games,
but Indians had to fight it out against the world champions in
the Asian Games and they proved a point or two.

Capping his comeback in style, Tarundeep inflicted one of
the rare defeats on a South Korean when the Sikkim archer
stunned second-seeded Oh Jin Hyek en route to the semifinals
in the Asian Games.

Tarundeep proved his worth again beating Sung Chai Chun
of Chinese Taipei in the semifinals before going down to world
record holder Kim Woo Jin in the final to return with a first
ever silver from the Asiad.

Bureau Report

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