Indians on a song in archery World Cup

June 5th, 2009 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) It was a great day for the Indians at the World Cup archery Stage III at Antalya in Turkey Friday.
Two youngest members of the contingent, Kapil and Rimil Biruly, annihilated world champions Im Dong Hyun of South Korea and Natalia Valeeva of Italy in the men’s and women’s individual elimination round and moved into the quarterfinals while the men’s recurve teams made it to the final against South Korea.

The women’s team lost to Russia in the semi-finals and will square off against Japan for the bronze medal.

Adding icing to the cake, Jayanta Talukdar progressed to the last eight in the men’s section, thus keeping alive his chances of making it to the World Cup finals at Copenhagen later this year, according to information received here.

Kapil and Rimil, putting behind the poor qualification scores, produced the best performance of their career by beating 2007 Leipzig World Championship winners, Hyun and Valeeva respectively. Kapil ousted the top seed in the second round 115-111 for a

rarest victory against a Korean. Rimil downed Natalia 108-105.

Talukdar scored his personal best, a world-class, 118 in going past American Brady Ellison who replied with 111.

Other Indians failed to go past the second round in the recurve section. Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia in the men’s section, Dola Banerjee, Reena Kumari and L. Bombayla Devi in the women’s category belied expectations to bow out of the race.

The compound archers, as usual, lost in the early rounds. The men’s team fell to Canada 215-223 while the women went out to Greece 213-217.

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