Top-ranked women`s recurve archer Deepika Kumar (Jharkhand) and Tarundeep Rai (SSCB) in the men`s section topped the medal chart of FITA round on the opening day of 34th Senior National Archery Championship at Archery Ground of JRD Sports Complex on Monday.
Indian men`s recurve team qualified an impressive second for the elimination round after Jayanta Talukdar and Tarundeep Rai finished 15th and 16th in the individual qualification round on the second day of the World Archery Championships at Belek in Turkey today.
Ace archer Deepika Kumari finished second while Tarundeep Rai ended on top in women`s and men`s senior division recurve qualification round on the opening day of the 3rd National Ranking tournament here on Friday.
Indian archer Tarundeep Rai won his round of 32 match against Cuban Juan Carlos Stevens 9-8 to enter the round of 16. After losing the first and the third set, Tarun made a remarkable come back to win the fourth and fifth to force the game into a tie breaker.
They may be down with mild fever due to change in climate a week into their stay here, but that has failed to stop the Indian archers from visiting the Lord`s everyday to get acclimatised to the windy conditions ahead of the Olympics.
The hallowed Lord`s will host the archery competition during the Olympics and Indian ace Tarundeep Rai hopes the `Mecca of cricket` would bless the Indian archers as they eye their first medal at London Games
The ONGC on Sunday announced a cash bonanza for players who will win medals at the London Olympics with gold medal winners to get Rs 25 lakh while silver and bronze medallist will get Rs 15 and Rs 10 lakh respectively.
Eight years after he represented India at the Athens Olympics as a 20-year-old, Tarundeep Rai will compete once again in London this time with a renewed hope of earning India its first Games medal in archery.
Indian trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai finished third in the Olympic team qualification round and will get a favourable draw for the main event that will be held at Ogden (USA) on June 21.