Archery World Cup: Indian men’s and women’s compound teams eyeing gold medals

Shanghai. The Indian men’s and women’s compound archery teams assured the country of a medal by making it to the finals in the season-opening Archery World Cup here on Wednesday. With this, Dheeraj Bommadevara broke the national record and secured third place in the men’s recurve qualification round. The fourth-seeded men’s team comprising of experienced Abhishek Verma, budding archer Prathamesh Bhalchandra Phuge and reigning Under-21 world champion Priyansh fended off Korea’s strong challenge in the semi-finals after defeating Philippines and Denmark.

The Indian men’s team will face a challenge from the Netherlands in the final to be played on Saturday. In the women’s category, world champion India won the ticket to the final by defeating Turkey and Estonia. Top seed India will face the challenge of Italy in the final. The trio of reigning Under-18 and senior champion Aditi Swamy, Asian Games gold medalist Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Preneet Kaur lost just 10 points in their first two matches. The Indian men’s team created a big upset by defeating Korea 235-233 in a close match. After the first two rounds of this match, both the teams were tied but India defeated Korea with a score of 59.

After the thrilling win in the semi-finals, Abhishek said, “Today our coordination was good and we sensed the wind well and used it properly. He said, “Semi-finals are always a tough match. We had prepared well and are happy that we were successful in reaching the finals.” After defeating Estonia by a margin of 235-230, Aditi said, ”I hope that we can reach the World Cup in Paris last year. “We can repeat the success of the 2016 Summer Olympics where both the Indian men and women won team gold medals.”

Kazakhstan’s women’s team and Korea’s men’s team won bronze medals. Bommadevara finished third in the qualification with a score of 693. He improved the national record of 689 set by Tarundeep Rai. In the preliminary round, he will face Adam Lee of Czech Republic. Tarundeep was the second best Indian finishing seventh with a score of 684. Praveen Jadhav stood 25th with a score of 672. The Indian men’s team is second in the qualification after Korea with a score of 2049. The Indian team has got a bye in the second round.

In the women’s category, Ankita Bhakta qualified at 25th position with a score of 664, followed by Kaur Bhajan and former world number one Deepika Kumari, who scored 657 and 656 respectively. Komalika Bari stood 57th in the qualification table after scoring 636 points. The Indian team is at sixth position overall with 1977 points. The top 64 archers in the recurve singles category make it to the main competition.

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