India's mixed recurve pair of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das were forced to settle for a silver at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 on Sunday after losing the final to the top-seeded Korean pair. The Indian women’s recurve team also suffered a heartbreak after losing the bronze medal clash to Italy 1-5.
Indian archers ended their disappointing campaign at the third and final stage of the Archery World Cup with a silver at the Konyaalti Beach Park in Antalya on Sunday. It came from the mixed recurve pair of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, who lost 1-5 to Ku Bonchan and Choi Misun. The Indian pair started off with poor shots of 8,6, and 9 to lose the first set 0-2. They tied the second set by improving on their scores, but the Koreans struck two 9s and two 10s in the third set to win it
In the morning session, the women’s recurve team of Deepika, Laxmirani Majhi, and Bombayla Devi Laishram suffered a similar fate in the bronze medal play-off as they lost the match 1-5 to Italy. Atanu Das, who was on the cusp of winning his first Individual World Cup medal, lost 5-6 in a thrilling shoot-off in the bronze medal match after leading 4-0 initially. The 24-year-old started with a flurry of 10s in the first two sets against Kim Woojin of Korea. He was in the driver's seat with a 4-0 lead, but Atanu failed to maintain the rhythm and surrendered the third set before securing a tie in the fourth set. The second-seeded Korean hit three 10s in the crucial fifth set to take the match to a shoot-off. Both the players shot 10s in the shoot-off, but the Korean took the medal with his arrow hitting closer to the centre.
Earlier, Indian women’s compound team had also lost the bronze medal play-off. The men’s recurve team also failed in their pursuit to secure a place in the Rio Olympics after crashing out in the quarter-final of the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was held on the sidelines of the World Cup.
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