Fabulous opening day for Indian archers in Santo Domingo

April 3rd, 2009 - 12:36 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) Indian archers Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia stood first and second in the men’s qualification round on the opening day of the World Cup Stage 1 at Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic.
India’s Dola Banerjee and Laishram Bombayla Devi were placed a creditable fourth and fifth among women archers on the first day of the event Wednesday.

In the team championship qualification, Indian men and women earned the numero uno place, while the sister-brother combination of Dola and Rahul occupied the top spot in the newly introduced mixed team category to complete India’s success story.

In the men’s category, Rahul was the most consistent at the four distances - 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres - and took the top seed position.

The 2008 World Cup winner Justyna Mospinek (Poland) was placed first in the recurve women’s qualifications after shooting at 70, 60, 50 and 30 metres. Ranked second was Natalia Valeeva (Italy) who tied the European record at 30 m with 357 points.

In men’s individual recurve, the absence of 2008 World Cup winner Im Dong-Hyun (Korea) and his teammates made the category wide open.

India’s advantage at the half-way mark was enough to keep the top place.

The semi-finals will be shot on Friday afternoon, India facing Italy and France shooting against Poland. The winning mixed teams will then battle for the gold medal, while the losers will go on to the bronze medal match.

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