Indians win three golds in Asian Grand Prix archery

May 25th, 2009 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) The 16-member Indian archery contingent bagged three gold and four silver medals at the second Asian Grand Prix meet at Tehran, according to information received here.
The men’s recurve team of Tarundeep Rai, Muni Ram Tirkey and Kapil took the gold medal beating Iran 217-211 in the final. Punya Prabha, V. Pranitha and Reena Kumari finished best in the women’s recurve team final defeating Iran 198-194 in the final.

Compound archer L. Haridas Singh earned India the third yellow metal in the individual event when he annihilated Hungary’s Robert Bojti in the tie breaker after the two tied 109-109 in the final. Singh shot a 10 as against Bojti’s 9 in the tie-breaker.

The men and women compound teams lost to Iran in the final. The men lost 220-227 and the women went down 207-208. Olympian Tarundeep Rai, perhaps the most experienced in the field, could get only a silver medal losing to Iran’s Milad Vaziri Teymoorlooei at 107-108 in the men’s recurve individual event final.

Compound women archer Sweety Kumari too failed in the final going down to Seyedeh Vida Halimian Avval of Iran 102-108 to settle for silver.

Tirkey and Sushma (both individual recurve) lost to Nadar M. and Zahara Nemati of Iran respectively in the bronze medal play-off. All other medals went to host Iran which emerged the best in the four-day tournament which saw 60 archers from six nations take part.

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