Archer Champia leads Indian men’s charge in World Cup

May 29th, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, May 29 (IANS) Archer Mangal Singh Champia sparkled as the Indian men stood overall second in the FITA round recurve bow qualification of the third Meteksan World Cup at Antalya in Turkey. Champia, India’s lone Olympic qualifier in the men’s division, kept his composure as he shot his arrows with great precision to finish first in a strong field that included the formidable Koreans. He scored a career-best 684 points over two 70m rounds of the FITA event Wednesday, according to information received here.

The Indian was tied with Korean archer Park Kyung Mo at 684, but Champia’s higher number of 10 pointers — 41 as against 37 shot by Park — earned him the top place which ensured his passage into the individual competition as the top seed. Champia also came close to breaking the existing 72-arrow world record, but fell three points short of Korean Dong Hyun’s mark of 687 set at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Champia’s heart-warming performance, coupled with some world class shooting by his two team mates — Jayanta Talukdar (678, 4th) and Rahul Banerjee (673, 8th) — propelled the Indian men to the second slot behind Korea with a score of 2035 points. Korea’s total of 2039 erased their existing world record of 2031 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The fourth Indian in fray, Priyank, finished 29th (657).

The good mood in the Indian camp was, however, dampened by a below-par performance by the Indian women. Dola Banerjee’s poor form continued as she failed to make her way into the main competition, finishing way below at 67th with a total of 591 Only the first 64 qualify for the individual competition out of 100 in fray.

However, Reena Kumari, Punya Prabha and Laishram Bombayla Devi made the cut for the women’s individual main competition.

Reena, who got into the Indian Olympic side at the expense of Chekrovolu Swuro of Nagaland following the trials, finished 28th with 625 points. Punya Prabha, the fourth archer, stood at 46th with 608 while Bombayla Devi ended 49th with 604.

The Indian women’s team, comprising Dola, Reena and Bombayla, totalled 1820 points to occupy the 13th place.

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