The Indian men's recurve team of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee won gold in the fourth leg of the World Cup archery in Shanghai on Saturday. The trio whipped Japan, who had beaten the formidable Koreans in the semi-final on Friday, 224-220 to clinch a second team gold in four legs of the World Cup. The men's team had won gold in Antalya in June.
Talukdar won bronze in the individual event defeating Athens Olympic champion Marco Galiazzo of Italy 7-3. The set scores in favour of Talukdar were 28-29, 30-26, 28-28, 29-27, 28-27. Talukdar defeated the Italian for the third time.
Deepika Kumari lost the women’s recurve final, going down 1-7 to Korean Bo Bae Ki in the best-of-five set contest. The set scores in favour of Ki were 29-27, 29-27, 28-28, 30-27. But the silver medal ensured Deepika her maiden place in the grand final in Edinburgh on September 18 and 19.
Also making it to there are Talukdar and Dola Banerjee. This will be Talukdar’s third appearance after 2006 and 2009. For Banerjee, it will be her second after she won the event in Dubai in 2007 and remains the only Indian to do so.
India had defeated Japan in the semi-finals on way to the gold in Antalya. They began with three nines and three 10s to immediately open up a handy three-point lead and Japan could reduce the margin by just one to finally lose 224-220.
“It is not as if our men’s team hasn’t won the World Cup gold before. But the significance of the win is that it comes just before the Games and the win over Japan would be a good morale-booster for the Asian Games as well. All top teams participated and the good thing is that Tarundeep has settled well in place of Mangal Singh (Champia),” said Archery Association of India general secretary Pareshnath Mukherjee.