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Indian archers eye gold


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Shanghai, April 24: The Indian men’s and women’s compound archery teams assured the country of a podium finish by nailing down final berths, while Dhiraj Bommadevara smashed the national record to finish third in the men’s recurve qualification round in the season-opening Hyundai Archery World Cup here on Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded men’s compound team comprising the experienced Abhishek Verma, newcomer Prathamesh Bhalchandra Fuge and reigning U-21 world champion Priyansh defeated the Philippines and Denmark before displaying ominous form to upset top qualifiers South Korea to book a title showdown against the Netherlands on Saturday.
The Indian women, who are the reigning world champions and seeded No.1 here, set up a title clash with Italy, defeating Turkey and Estonia to confirm their status as the leading side in the category.
The trio of reigning U-18 and senior champion Aditi Swami, Asian Games gold-medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Parneet Kaur dropped just 10 points through the two matches to confirm their superiority.
The Indian men’s team created a major upset defeating Korea by just two points at 235-233. Tied at even after two ends, the Indians grabbed a point after the third and finished with a 59 to secure the final spot.
An elated Priyansh said after the match against Korea that he was thrilled to be competing against the strong opponents, who he had so far seen only on social media.
The Indian women’s team defeated Estonia 235-230 and Aditi attributed the performance to the process the side has been following for long.
The squad here is without their charismatic Italian coach Sergio Pagni, who is currently in the national camp back home.
India’s opponents in the final, Italy, overcame Kazakhstan in a semifinal shoot-off after the scores were tied at 227 points.
The 10th seeded Dutch men also won a tie-break – against France – to book their ticket to the final.
Mike Schloesser, Sil Pater and Stef Willems shot three perfect X-ring 10s, compared to their opponents’ standard 10s, to survive the match.
Kazakhstan’s women and the Korean men’s team secured bronze medals at the end of the session.
Bommadevara shines in recurve
Bommadevara qualified third for the recurve main competition with a score of 693, bettering the national record of 689 created by Tarundeep Rai. He will face Czech Republic’s Adam Li in the opening round.
Rai was the next best-placed Indian at seventh with a score of 684, while Pravin Jadhav finished 25th after shooting 672. The Indian men’s team is placed second in the qualification with a score of 2049 behind Korea.
The Indians have got a bye into the second round.
In the women’s competition, Ankita Bhakat qualified 25th with a tally of 664, followed by Kaur Bhajan and former world number one Deepika Kumari, who managed scores of 657 and 656 respectively.
Komalika Bari was 57th in the qualification standings after shooting 636. The team is placed sixth overall with a total of 1977.
The top 64 archers make the main competition. (PTI)


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