Indian archers Ankita Bhakat, Preeti, Vakilraj Dindor and Gurwinder Singh have all made it to the third round of the ongoing Archery World Cup Stage II in Shanghai, China, in their respective events. Eighth seed Indian recurve women’s team has got a bye into the second round of the competition.
After finishing as the lowest-ranked Indian archer in the qualifying round of the competition, Gurwinder performed brilliantly in the men’s compound event as he knocked out compatriot Lovejot Singh by a margin of 145-143. Gurwinder will now face Australia’s Danie Oosthuizen in the third round.
In the women’s individual recurve event, Bhakat has made it to the third round with a 7-3 win against Russia’s Elena Osipova. The Indian archer will now take on Xiaoqing Long of China in the next round. Preeti joined Bhakat in the third round as she managed to beat her teammate Sangeeta 6-2 in the second round and will cross swords with Naomi Folkard of Great Britain.
Vakilraj has made it to the third round of the men’s recurve individual event by getting the better of Denis Gankin of Kazakhstan 6-2. Vakilraj will play Matthew Requa of USA.
The Indian recurve men’s team has qualified for the second round as the trio of Jagdish Choudhary, Chaman Singh and Sukhchain Singh beat the Iranian team in straight sets. They will now face Malaysia in the next round. The recurve mixed pair of Choudhary and Preeti won their first-round game as well. They defeated Ghenadi Iepuri and Madalina Amaiestroaie of Romania 6-2 and will meet archers from the USA in the second one.
On the other hand, the Indian recurve women’s team has got a bye into the second round and will take on the team from USA next.