Indian men`s recurve team bag silver in Archery World Cup

Kolkata: Indian men`s recurve team settled for a silver after going down to the US in the final of the
Archery World Cup Stage I in Porec, Croatia.

The fifth ranked Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta
Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee, after upsetting the Korean
applecart in the semifinals, lost their lead to succumb to
their US opponents 219-221 in a pressure-filled 24 arrows
final yesterday.

The women`s recurve team finished fourth, while the
compound teams came a cropper after being eliminated in early

In the individual events also, India failed to make a
mark, besides only recurve archer Seema Verma managing to make
it to the quarterfinals.

Locked 56-56 after first end of six arrows, the Indian
trio took a three-point lead (58-55) in the second end,
according to information received from the Archery Association
of India (AAI).

However, the American team of Brady Ellison, Joe Fanchin
and Jake Kaminsky, bounced back taking advantage of two 8s by
the Indians to take the third end 56-54, even as India had a
one point advantage (168-167) in overall scores.

In a gripping finish, the Indians gave in to the pressure
factor as they shot three 8s to enable their opponents win the
final end with a three point lead (54-51) that was enough for
them to clinch the title with a two-point margin.

Ellison also won a second gold in the men`s individual
event and a silver in the mixed team event.

The Indian women`s team consisting of Deepika Kumari,
Laishram Bombayla Devi and Seema Verma lost out in the bronze
medal play-off to Germany by 202-209 points to finish fourth
in a tough field.

It was a same old story as far as the compound archers
were concerned, as men were eliminated in the first round by
Iran, the eventual bronze medal winners, 227-233.

The women did marginally well, winning the opening round
against Mexico 220-210 but eventually losing in the
quarterfinals against the third-ranked France 218-220.


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