Indian Women’s Recurve Archery Team comprising of Deepika Kumari,Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro lost to Korea in the finals of the World Cup Stage-I in Shanghai. The world’s no 1 Korean trio of CHANG Hye Jin, KI Bo Bae and LEE Sung Jin defeated the current world no. 2 Indian team by 222-212.
Indian team’s start was not that good as they managed just 49 points in the first round out of 60 in comparison to 56 by Korea. The Koreans also dominated in the second round and increased the lead by eight points at the end of that round. However. the Indian team tried to fight back in the third round and scored 56 in comparison to 55 by Korea but the Koreans came back strongly in the last round to outclassed the Indian team by a big margin.The Indian trio who have already qualified for the London Olympics were not in their best of the form in the finals match.
The Indian team played outstanding in the semifinals against Ukraine as they thrashed Ukraine by 221-213. Earlier in the quarters, the trio defeated their Polish opponents by 224-216.
In women’s recurve individual top Indian archer and 2011 World Cup Finals Silver medalist Deepika Kumari lost in the quarterfinals to Chinese archer Yutin Fang. In men’s recurve individual and team section, the performance was below level as none of the archer in the individual section was able to make it to the quarters.
Jayanta Talukdar, who has already qualified for the London Olympics lost to a lower ranked Hong Kong archer CHUI Chun Man. The 2010 Asian Games silver medalist Tarundeep Rai was the last remaining Indian Archer in the individual section but he also lost in 1/8 elimination round.In men’s recurve team section the Indian trio of Jayanta Talukdar,Tarundeep rai, and Rahul Banerjee lost to USA by 225-216 in the early stages.
In the non Olympic section of archery the Compound section, it was also disappointing for the Indians as none of the archers in men’s and women’s individual section were able to make it to the quarterfinals stage. The only good news in the compound section came from the Women’s team where the trio of Gagandeep Kaur, Parveena and Surekha, who won the quarterfinal match against Mexico and will now fight for the Bronze medal against the strong team of Italy. The Indian team lost to U.S.A in the semifinals and were out of the Gold Medal match. The Bronze medal and Gold medal match will take place on 15th April.
In the men’s compound section India lost to Venezuela 229-234 in a first round exit. The script was not any different in the mixed compound section where the Indian duo of Rajat Chauhan and Gagandeep Kaur bowed to Venezuela for a first round defeat.
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