Khelo India Youth Games, Archery: Riya turns the tables on Himani to win recurve bronze
Pune, January 19: Riya Tewatia turned the tables on fancied Haryana teammate Himani Kumari to win the girls Under-21 recurve bronze medal play-off in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 Archery competition at the Army Sports Institute here on Saturday.
The chubby Riya made the most of Himani’s need to recalibrate her mindset when a change in set scores saw them locked 3-3 after three sets. Himani and all onlookers were under the impression that after the tie in the third set, she was leading 4-1 but the scorers pointed out that the previous set had erroneously been awarded to her when, in fact, it was Riya who had won that set.
Himani was unable to find her rhythm even if she managed to tie the fourth set. She was off the mark in the shoot-off.
Maharashtra’s Shukmani Gajanan Babrekar rallied from the loss of the first set to defeat Rajasthan’s Jagdish Choudhary 6-2 for the boys Under-21 recurve bronze medal. Karni Singh Chauhan (Rajasthan) and Punjab’s Amanpreet Kaur earned the boys and girls under-17 bronze medals respectively.
Sumit Kumar (Haryana), Swarna Jhawar (Rajasthan), Rishabh Yadav (Haryana) and Priya Gurjar (Rajasthan) won the compound Archery bronze medal play-offs in the four categories on a day when Youth Olympic Games recurve silver medallist Akash lost in the quarter-finals while Ankita Bhakat, who competed in the Asian Games, lost in the first round to Bhagyashri Namdev Kolte.
Recurve archers B. Dhiraj (boys Under-21) and Komolika Bari (girls Under-17) were the only ones who topped the ranking rounds in their respective sections and went on to secure berths in the final. The highlight of the day was a brave effort by Asian Games silver medallist Muskan Kirar (Madhya Pradesh), who ignored shoulder muscle spasms to make it to girls under-21 compound final.
The results (bronze medal play-off):
Boys under-21: Shukmani Gajanan Babrekar (Maharashtra) beat Jagdish Choudhary (Rajasthan) 6-2.
Girls under-21: Riya Tewatia (Haryana) beat Himani Kumari (Haryana) 5-5 (Shoot off: 20-17).