Talukdar wins world cup archery bronze on final day

June 7th, 2009 - 10:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 7 (IANS) Indian ace Jayanta Talukdar picked up a bronze in the individual recurve section of stage III World Cup archery at Antalya in Turkey Sunday.
The sixth-seeded Indian overcame two ends of poor shooting to subdue 24th ranked Italian Amedeo Tonelli 106-101, thereby enabling his country to end the tournament with one silver (men’s recurve team) and two bronze medals (Talukdar and women’s recurve team).

The two Indian giant-killers, Kapil and Rimil Biruly, who eliminated reigning world champions Im Dong Hyun of Korea and Natalia Valeeva of Italy respectively in the earlier rounds of the recurve division, came a cropper in the quarterfinals. Kapil lost to Tonelli 102-108 and Rimil went out to fifth-ranked Ruyu Ouyang of China 104-109.

Talukdar progressed to semifinals by beating 14th seeded Bair Badenov of Russia 109-105 but lost to eventual gold medallist Simon Terry of Great Britain 107-112.

The Indian recurve pair of Rahul Banerjee and Reena Kumari, who made it to the knockout stage of the mixed pair event, lost to the top-seeded Korean pair of Im Dong Hyun and Ji Ye Kwak 130-141 and again lost 140-147 to the Russian pair in the play off for bronze medal.

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