Archery World Cup: Indian men win silver, women bronze

June 6th, 2009 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 6 (IANS) The Indian men’s recurve team had to be satisfied with a silver, going down to World champions South Korea in the finals of the Archery World Cup stage III meet at Antalya, Turkey, Saturday.
South Korea won the contest 225-221 to relegate India to the second place.

The Indian women did not slip in the third place play-off as they overpowered Japan 211-201 to clinch the bronze.

Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta Talukdar had combined to give India the gold medal in the previous two World Cups held at Santo Domingo and Porec in the absence of south Korea.

The trio had won the first World Cup team gold at the same venue last year but Saturday the South Koreans showed better technique and concentration in windy conditions to reduce the Indians to mere spectators.

South Korea established a slender one-point lead in the first end of six arrows (57-57). The lead increased to three points in the next end of six arrows (58-56) for a total of 115-112. The third end produced 56 for South Korea and 54 for India and the final end gave South Korea 54 and India 55 for a grand total of 225-221.

South Korea won a team double, taking the women’s gold medal as well by beating the Russian Federation 209-205.

Three more Indians - Kapil, Jayanta Talukdar and Rimil Biruly - are in the quarterfinals of the recurve category individual section to be played Sunday.

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