Indian archers fail to impress at the ongoing Archery World Cup Stage II in Shanghai as they couldn’t qualify for the medal rounds in individual and team events in both recurve and compound sections. India will now hope to claim a medal only in the mixed pair events of both the sections.
The men’s recurve team with Jagdish Choudhary, Chaman Singh and Sukhchain Singh were beaten by lower-ranked team from Bangladesh 1-5. The archers couldn’t do well in the second and third set of the game after getting off to a good start in the first one and lost the quarter-final tie. On the other hand, the recurve women’s team also lost to the USA side by a 2-6 margin to get knocked out of the World Cup.
The Indian compound men’s team had a miserable start as they failed to cross the first round in the competition by losing to New Zealand 220-223. The compound women’s team had a poor day at the office as well as the team of Parveena, Monali Jadhav and Priya Gurjar lost 219-231 against Chinese Taipei.
In the individual section, Vakilraj Dindor lost in the pre-quarterfinal round against Wei Chun-Heng of Chinese Taipei 3-7 in the men’s recurve while Ankita Bhakat lost to China’s Meng Fanxu in the same round as well among the women. Preeti was knocked out off the competition by Naomi Folkard of Great Britain 4-6 in the third round.
Gurwinder Singh went down to Danie Oosthuizen of Australia 146-149 in the third round in men’s compound event. On the other hand, among the female compound archers, Monali Jadhav was beaten 140-144 by USA’s Alexis Ruiz.
India’s only chance of coming back with a medal from Shanghai is the mixed pair event in both the recurve and compound sections of the World Cup Stage II.
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