Archer Srither, Chungda surpass India’s previous best

April 3rd, 2009 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 3 (IANS) India continued their good showing in the Santo Domingo World Cup archery (stage 1) with two of their compound archers setting new national records in the sport.
National men’s champion Chinna Raju Srither accumulated a four-distance (90m, 70m, 50m and 30m) total of 1,385 points, hitherto untouched by an Indian. The other significant performance came from Chungda Sherpa, who shot 360/360 in the 30m distance to create a new mark in Indian archery. Srither himself came tantalisingly close to the magic mark but fell short by a point, according to reports received here from the Dominican capital.

Former national champion and current coach Ch. Lenin confirmed the two best scores by Indians in recognised competition and said this would augur well for the development of the discipline in India.

After the excellent showing by the recurve archers Wednesday when the country finished one-two in the FITA round men’s qualification through Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia, and the men and women stood first in the team qualification, the compound archers brought a lot of satisfaction to their compatriots.

Srither stood 10th overall. Chungda Sherpa was one among the seven archers to attain the perfect 360. He finished fifth on 10s and Xs (bulls eye) count back. His score of 1,364 placed him 17th overall. Maisnam Chinglensana Luwang was 32nd with 1,347 and Khuraijam Ratan Singh was 33rd with 1,346.

Ratan, Sherpa and Srither totalled 4,095 points to end fourth in team qualification behind the US (4,172), Canada (4,155) and El Salvador (4,118).

The women, too, did a commendable job by finishing fourth in team qualification. Jhano Hansdah (1,362, 11th place), Bheigyabati Chanu (1,345, 18th) and Manjudha Soy (1,341, 19th) powered India to 4,048 points behind the US (4,137), Venezuela (4,082) and Mexico (4,064). Vrushali Gorle ended 15th with 1,355 points.

It was sheer bad luck that the Indian mixed team of Jhano and Srither (2,747) lost out on a semifinals place to Mexico’s uncle and niece pair of Almendra Ochoa and Ruben Ochoa (2,748) in an otherwise very significant day for India.

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