Mangal Singh Champia, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee combined to clinch their second successive gold in the men’s recurve team event as India signed off with three medals in the Archery World Cup Stage I at Santo Domnigo in the Dominican Republic.
The trio had, in last year’s World Cup, earned India their first-ever gold by triumphing in the Meteksan World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. On the concluding day on Sunday, Dola Banerjee settled for the third place in the women’s recurve, while the compound team of Jhano Hansdah, Bheigyabati Chanu and Manjudha Soy also finished runners up.
The top-seeded team of Champia, Talukdar and Banerjee quelled the challenge of No 2 Britain 221-215 en route to the yellow metal. India had earlier got past Turkey 222-203 and the US 219-215.
Dola downed Reena after an intense battle in the individual recurve bronze medal play-off. The duo was locked 102-102 after the 12-arrow contest.
However, in the tiebreaker, Reena shot a seven while Dola bettered with an eight to take the bronze. In the team bronze medal play-off, Hansdah, Chanu and Soy stunned the second-seeded Venezuelan trio of Bosch, Guedez and Montes 219-208.