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Indian archers dominate South Asian Games day 3 proceedings

Abhishek Verma also helped the Compound team win gold.

Chouhan won gold in the Men’s Compound event

The Indian Archery squad have highlighted their dominance on the sub-continental stage with convincing victories over their neighbours. The compound and mixed teams won three gold medals, and one individual win was added by Rajat Chauhan in India’s ever-growing medal tally.

Compound trio Lily Chanu, Purvasha Shende and Jyoti Vennam defeated Bangladesh, 228-217 to initiate India’s medal-winning proceedings. A convincing victory, with the team never having to leave it’s comfort zone at any point.

Asian Games gold medallist Abhishek Verma, then buoyed the compound team, which included Chauhan and Manish Changmai to another convincing victory. They defeated them by a scoreline of 230-219.

Verma, then teamed up with Purvasha to dominate the Mixed team event. They defeated the Bangladeshi duo of Mohammad Kadar and Sushmita Banik.

The Men’s Compound individual saw Chauhan seal a landslide victory. The 21-year old created history by winning India’s first individual medal at the World Championships last year. He also won gold in the compound team even, during the 2014 Asian Games.

In the Individual recurve category, former world number one Deepika Kumari finished as the top qualifier. Defending champion Tarundeep Rai also received the same honour.

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