Services Sports Control Board and Indian Railways dominated the inaugural day of the 28th senior National Archery Championship-2008, which witnessed a new meet record set by servicemen Chungda Sherpa in the men's compound division at J R D Tata Sports Complex on Monday.
Sherpa shot total 326 points out of maximum 360 in the 90 metres distance, shattering the previous best of 316 points scored by Vivek Kumar of CRPF at Asian championship in Delhi in 2005.
Sherpa's colleague, L Haridas finished second on 323 points while N Arun Kumar of Andhra Pradesh grabbed the third place with a score of 320.
Umesh B Kuvathekar (MP) won the gold with a score of 343 points in the men's 70 meter compound event. Ratan Kumar (342) of SSCB and Ishiah R Sanam (340), who emerged champion at the Tata Steel National Ranking Archery Championship held here last year, came second and third respectively.
SSCB archer Uttam Kesri bagged top slot with 325 points in the men's Indian round competition whereas Orkay Basumatary (Assam) and Anand Wankhade (Tripura) were tied at 321 points each.
However, Basumatary was adjudged second for shooting the arrows at bull's eye one time more than the later.
In women's recurve section, Indian Railway dominated the proceedings with international archers Bombaila Devi and Reena Kumari clinching the first place in the 70 m and 60 m distance respectively.
Keeping an eye for a berth in the Indian squad for the forthcoming international events including Beijing Olympics, both the archers improved their performance and scored 320 and 335 out of maximum 360 respectively.
World champion Dola Banerjee (Railways) had to be content with the second place in the 70 m distance, scoring 316 whereas international cadet archer of Steel Plants Sports Board, V.Pranita tied the score with Dola but was adjudged third on account of shooting at ten-point mark less than Dola.
In the 60 m distance, Pranita put up stiff fight with Reena but finished second at 333 points, whereas Bombaila Devi (332) finished third.