India’s archery contingent’s below average performance in the Archery World Cup Stage III fetched them just one bronze medal on Saturday with the compound trio of Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma and Aman Saini doing well. India failed to make any mark whatsoever in the recurve section.
India’s only good display in Antalya came from the men’s compound team where the trio of Chauhan, Verma, and Saini scored 235-230 in the bronze medal play-off. The women’s compound team was also in contention but the team of Jyoti Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Swati Dudhwal lost to Great Britain’s Layla Annison, Ella Gibson, and Lucy Mason 226-228.
In the recurve section too, Indian archers failed to make any cut whatsoever. This World Cup would be the last one before the much awaited World Championships in the Netherlands, which is an Olympic qualifying event.
The Indian mixed recurve pair of Deepika Kumari and Tarundeep Rai went on to lose against Turkish opponents Yasemin Anagoz and Mete Gazoz 4-5 in the shoot-off.
Prior to that in their respective individual section, Rai, Deepika, Bombayla Devi and Atul Verma also had to make quick exits. The compound mixed pair of Rajat Chauhan and Jyothi Surekha Vennam also followed the trio by making second-round exit against Russia’s Viktoria Balzhanova and Anton Bulaev 156-158.
India’s sole hope would now be resting in the compound team events where they still have players in the men’s and women’s category to have a go at the bronze medals.
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