India clinches one silver, two bronze in archery World Cup

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Shanghai, May 1 (IANS) Indian women’s recurve team settled for the silver medal in the final, while men’s team and mixed pair each won bronze medals in the first stage of Archery World Cup at the Yuanshen Stadium here on Sunday.

The mixed pairing of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das gave the country a bronze medal, defeating Koreans Areum Jo and Seong Cheol Park 5-4 in a nail-biting shoot-off.

After trailing 2-4, the Indian pair came back strongly to make it, 4-4 to take it to shoot-off. It also ended in a tie (9-9). But the Indian pair edged past the Korean eventually as they were closest to centre in their shoot-off.

The third seeded Indian men’s recurve team pair of Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia also won a bronze medal, outclassing ninth seed British team 6-0 in style.

The Indian trio beat English trio of Patrick Huston, Larry Godfrey and Kieran Slater. India took a good 2-0 lead at first and latter clinched the tie winning with consistent shootings in the second and third sets.

Earlier, the women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi lost to lower-ranked Chinese Taipei 2-6 in the recurve team final.

The seventh seeded Chinese Taipei trio of Ya-Ting Tan, Chien-Ying Le and Shih-Chia Lin were dominant right through the tie as they defeated the Indians in a one-sided battle to win the gold medal.

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