Little known Iranian shocks Talukdar in Archery World Cup

June 9th, 2011 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 9 (IANS) Unheralded Iranian Majid Mirrahimi shocked India’s Jayanta Talukdar 6-5 in the first round of individual elimination in the World Cup (Stage II) archery competitions at Antalya, in Turkey.

The 15th ranked Indian squandered a 4-0 lead to lose in the tie-break after the two tied at five points each. In a one-arrow tie-break, the Iranian hit a 10 and the Indian shot a nine, according to information received here.

Talukdar was in comfortable lead taking the first two sets 29-24, 29-25 to open up a 4-0 gap. He, however, lost the next set at 27-28. The Iranian, ranked 98th, then managed to draw the next set 27-27 to reduce the lead to 3-5. In the final set, Talukdar made grave errors to concede it 23-29 and allowed the contest to drift into tie-breaker.

Two other Indian archers, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai, also fell early.

Now Deepika Kumari and Laisharam Bombayla Devi in the women’s section and Thupuvoyi Swuro in the men’s are the only ones in the fray to keep the Indian challenge going in the individual competition.

Banerjee, ranked 31st, beat 82nd ranked Goktug Ergin of Turkey in the first round at 6-5, but fell to 79th placed Alexey Belov of Russia 3-7 in the next battle. Rai, ranked 54th after the qualification round, won his opening round against 59th ranked Piotr Nowak of Poland 6-0 before bowing out 2-6 to reigning Olympic champion Viktor Ruban of Ukraine, ranked 11th.

Thupuvoyi will be up against a tough opponent in fourth seed Brady Ellison of the US in the third round. The Naga archer won against 84th placed Lars Eggestig of Sweden 7-1 and 36th ranked Yagiz Yilmaz of Turkey 6-0.

Sixth seed Deepikia earned a bye into the round of 32. She will play 29th ranked Lisa Unruh of Germany. Bombayla won through two rounds to play 43rd ranked Bishindee Urangungalag of Mongolia for a place in the pre-quarterfinals. The Railways archer won against 102nd ranked Arezoo Heydari of Iran 7-1 and 54th ranked Iranian Fateme Farashi 6-0.

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