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Asian Games 2018: Archery Day 8 | India eyeing two Golds after reaching Compound Men's, Women's Team final

India assured of at least two SILVER medals in Archery at the 2018 Asian Games.
Updated: 26 August 2018 16:10 IST - Published: 26 August 2018 08:26 IST
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At the start of the day, there was a distinct possibility that India might have ended their campaign in Archery without a single medal. Worse still, they could have ended it without even being in contention for one or even reaching the semi-final. The Recurve team that featured plenty of proven performers like Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari and Promila Daimary finished medal-less. 

But India's Compound team, both men's and women's took it upon themselves to change that. Both teams are in the final and India are assured of two Silver medals. A gold against tournament favorites and record-breaking South Korea might seem like a bridge too far but you never know with this bunch of archers. Can they do it? Join us again on Tuesday morning when both the Men's and Women's Team final will take place. Until then, it's goodbye.
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What a performance this has been from both the Compound Men's and Women's Team, who are both through to the final on Tuesday. They will both face South Korea, who are the overwhelming favorites but the fact that India are assured of at least two SILVER in Archery is an achievement in itself after starting the day with 0.
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India beat Chinese Taipei 231-227 and advance to the final where they will face South Korea.
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Rajat Chauhan hits a nine and it is all over. India are assured of at least SILVER.
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Another 10 off the penultimate arrow means that all India need is a six.
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And a 10 is the perfect start for them. 
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And they have done their bit. Three 10s to finish the fourth set and that means India need to hit 26 to seal a berth in the final.
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The lead is still four with three shots to go. Chinese Taipei need to be perfect here and hope India mess up.
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India start off with a 10 and follow that up with another 10 in the second shot. Rajat Chauhan, as he has done all game, closes it off with a 10 of his own.
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Chinese Taipei start the fourth set with a nine and then follow that up with two 10s and keep up the pressure on India, who know they can't mess up.
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India have a four point lead going into the final set. If they hang on, they assure themselves of at least silver and a chance to go up against a rampant South Korea side in the final.
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After three sets, India 172-168 Chinese Taipei.
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And they are off to the perfect start courtesy off a 10 with the fourth shot. A nine with the penultimate shot of the set gets them even closer and the final shot is a perfect 10 and India take the set and extend the lead as well.
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India need 26 to seal the third set.
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Chinese Taipei finish the third set with an eight sandwiched between two 10s.
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India begin with a perfect 10. And almost another. That was nine but agonisingly close to being a 10. The third one was so close as well but this was just one in and after three shots in the third set, India lead by three.
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Chinese Taipei manage to salvage something after three shots in the third courtesy of a 10 and a nine following that eight.
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The third set is underway with an eight from Chinese Taipei. That is not what they would have wanted.
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Two sets to go and India have a slender one point lead to maintain. Can they do that and assure a second medal in Archery on the day?
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At the end of the second set, Chinese Taipei 113-114 India.
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They get both of them as India finish with 57 in the second set and take the set and the lead.
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India start off with a nine and now need two 10s to take the lead after two sets.
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Chinese Taipei then hit an eight but then finish with two 10s for a tally of 56 in the second set.
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And India seem intent on just being level as they too hit 28 and we are all level at 85 with three shots to go.
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Chinese Taipei have 28 after their first three shots in the second set.
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At the end of the first set, Chinese Taipei 57-57 India.
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But India don't get what they need. Two tens and a nine means that they finish level after the first set.
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Chinese Taipei finish the first with 57 points and India can overtake that tally with three 10s.
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India are off to a terrible start, courtesy of two eights but they manage some respectability thanks to a 10. But they trail by two after just three shots. Oh wait a minute, they weren't eight they were nine. So it is still all level.
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Chinese Taipei get us underway with a nine followed by another nine and then a 10 to finish with 28 after the first three shots.
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India's semi-final clash is delayed just a little bit thanks to the South Korean juggernaut. Can anyone stop them?
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So far, South Korea's scores from the round of 16 have been 233, 231 and 235. In all the other games in those rounds, only three teams even managed to score in excess of 230 but South Korea have done it every time.
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South Korea's first shot that wasn't a 10 or a bulls eye was the fourth shot of the second set, which was a nine. With a lowest score of just nine, of which there were just five, they unsurprisingly advance to the final after beating Malaysia 235-229.
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Unsurprisingly, South Korea are running away with the first semi-final after recording a perfect 60 in the first set against Malaysia.
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India finished ahead of Chinese Taipei in the ranking round for the Compound Men's team event despite having fewer 10s and fewer bulls eye. If the same happens in the semi-final, India wouldn't mind that at all.
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Irrespective of whether India win or lose the semi-final, the men's trio will be in contention for a medal on Tuesday. If they win it will be GOLD and if they don't it will be BRONZE.
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India's semi-final against Chinese Taipei is scheduled for 3.30 pm IST.
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The first semi-final between South Korea and Malaysia will start in a few minutes.
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India beat Philippines 227-226 to advance to the semi-final where they will now face Chinese Taipei.
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Pressure, what pressure? The final shot is a 10 and although Philippines take the fourth set, it is India who walk away with the game courtesy of a crucial 10 right at the end.
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But they get off to a terrible start. Two eights and now the pressure on the final shot increases.
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Philippines finish with 56 and India know that all they need is 27 to win this match.
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India respond with 28 off their own with the first three shots and still lead by three with just three shots remaining in the game.
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From the first three shots of the final set, Philippines hit 28. They would have wanted more than that.
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India know that all they have to do is be consistent and hit higher or equal to what Philippines hit.
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At the end of the third set, India 173-170 Philippines
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But India go one better as they finish with three 10s and extend their streak of successive 10s in the set to five and take the third set by two points.
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India know that they need at least two 10s to come out on top in the third set.
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Strong finish from the Philippines to the third set and they have 57.
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But India comeback with exactly the same score and continue to lead by a single point with three shots to go in the third set.