V Pranitha wins silver in world youth archery championship

October 13th, 2008 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 13 (IANS) Vardhineni Pranitha of India was unlucky to miss the gold medal for the second time in the world youth archery championship, and had to settle for silver in the individual recurve event at Antalya, Turkey, according to reports received here Monday. Interestingly, Pranitha bagged a silver in the previous championship at Merida in Mexico in 2006 where she lost in the cadet women’s recurve individual final.

The 18-year-old from Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh, currently with Tata Archery Academy, was one of the three members of the Indian team which participated in the Beijing Olympics.

Seeded fourth in the world meet, Pranitha took on 11th ranked Japanese Mikie Zushi in the final Sunday but went down 96-100. Earlier, the Indian had upset the top seed from Russia Inna Setpanova 109-108 in a closely fought semifinals.

India ended the six-day meet with two silver medals.

The Indians lost in the finals of the women’s team section to China Saturday to claim their first silver.

At Merida in 2006, India had won one gold medal through Palton Hansda (junior men’s compound individual section); three silver medals through Prabhat Kandir (junior men’s recurve individual), Pranitha (cadet women’s recurve individual) and junior compound women’s team. The lone bronze medal came in cadet men’s recurve team event.

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