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Deepika, Rahul bag gold; bronze for Dola, Jayanta

other Updated: Oct 10, 2010 21:30 IST

Teen sensation Deepika Kumari and Rahul Banerjee won gold medals in individual recurve events on the last day of the competition to help India end their campaign in archery on a high note, even as their fellow mates fell short of expectations.

Indian archers finished with three golds, one silver and four bronze medals.

On the final day today at the Yamuna Sports Complex, besides two golds, India also bagged two bronze medals when senior pros Dola Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar disappointed with third place finishes.

Earlier in the morning session, India's 'baby' archer Deepika made a giant leap to stardom thrashing Olympic bronze medallist Alison Wiliamson 6-0 for the women's recurve individual gold medal.

This was India's second gold in archery after the women's troika of Deepika, Dola and Bombayala Devi Laishram won the gold in the recurve team event.

World Cup Final 2007 winner Dola Banerjee faltered in the semis to settle for a bronze but her younger brother Rahul made up for the heart-break, claiming a gold with a thrilling 6-5 win over Jason Lyon in the shoot-off.

Shattering hopes for an all-Indian final, the Canadian ousted Indian ace Jayanta Talukdar 6-0 to make it to the final as the Guwahati archer settled for a bronze.

Talukdar beat Australia's three-time Olympian Matthew Gray 6-4 in the third place play-off.

In a thrilling men's recurve final, Banerjee and Lyon shot an identical 27 to tie the first set 1-1. The Canadian shot 29 with two perfect 10s to take the second set 2-0 with a two-point margin. The third set brought more misery for Banerjee who shot 28 to lose by one point.

Down 1-5, Banerjee made a spirited comeback taking the fourth and fifth set for a shoot-off. Cheered by a boisterous crowd, Banerjee shot 9 while the Canadian managed an 8.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old Ranchi girl, Deepika, maintained her cool composure and defied the breezy condition in the Eastern fringes of the city to thrash Athens bronze medallist Alison Wiliamson in straight sets (6-0).

Double Olympian and winner of 2007 World Cup finals Dola went down to Athens bronze medallist Williamson 2-6, while Deepika beat Malaysia's Anbarasi Subramaniam 7-1 in the semis.

In the bronze medal play-off, Dola beat Subramaniam of Malaysia 6-2. "The wind was blowing from right to left very strongly, something that did Dola in. I asked Deepika to maintain her cool and not to get disturbed by the wind factor.

She did just that. I am so happy for her," women's team coach Poornima Mahato told PTI.