Russia beat India in the gold medal match of the World Archery Championships
In a thrilling final, Russia came back from two-sets down to defeat India 5-4 in the gold medal match at the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen on Sunday.
It was India who began the match on a positive note, striking three 10’s and a 9, followed by a 7 and a 10 in the finals shots by Laxmirani Majhi while Russia hit six straight nines to lose the opening set by 2 points 54-56.
The second set saw Russia began on a poor note as they began with a 9,8,8 but India too started off in not so convincing fashion with an 8,9 and 9, but a streak of points, concluded by a 9 by Deepika Kumari ensured India took the second set as well 54-53.
With their backs against the Russia began the third set on a fine note and courtesy a few 10’s clinched the third set 56-52 to remain in the match.
The fourth set began on a similar note for Russia as the first two sets with their archers firing more 9’s and 8’s while India began on a better note
But 2 critical errors from Rimi Buriuly and Laxmirani Majhi (7 and 6 respectively) pegged India back significantly, and they lost a second consecutive set 54-50 to bring the match back on level terms.
The tie-breaker began with both teams striking a 10, but an eight followed by a 9 nine by Deepika Kumari meant India lost the tie-break by a solitary point to settle for the silver.However, that silver helped India seal an Olympic quota.
This is India’s third silver at the World Championships.