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Archery World Cup: Indian women’s compound team loses bronze medal play-off

412   //    18 Jun 2016, 15:46 IST
Deepika Kumari
Deepika Kumari led recurve team still has a chance to win the bronze medal

The Indian women’s compound team went down fighting to Indonesia in the bronze medal play-off at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Antalya on Saturday. This was the only medal contest featuring India in the compound archery section of the World Cup this weekend.

The eighth-seeded Indian trio of Lily Chanu Paonam, Divya Dhayal and Purvasha Sudhir Shende could come up with only 222 against the ten seeded Indonesia team’s 226.

The Indonesian combine of Dellie Threesyadinda, Triya Resky Andriyani and Rona Siska Sari were in top form and took a massive lead in the second set that made the difference. In the first set, the two teams were tied at 56 apiece. It was after this that the 10th seeds took the big leap to outshine India.

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With a score of 58 in the second set, they took a four-point lead over India, who made six 9s for a total of only 54. At the end of that set, the scores read 114-110 in favour of Indonesia.

The Indian women reduced the gap by taking the third set, 56-55. But they fell short by just one point in the fourth set as the Indonesians produced 57, riding on two bull’s eye hits.

India has chances to grab three medals in the recurve section on Sunday. While Atanu Das in individual men’s and the women’s team will be fighting for the bronze, the mixed team will be aiming for the gold.

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