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Tarundeep Rai to play for bronze

other Updated: Jun 21, 2012 23:47 IST
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Tarundeep Rai will take on France's Gael Prevost in the bronze medal match of the men's recurve individual event of the World Cup Stage III at Ogden in the United States. According to information received here, the Asian Games silver-medallist lost to Britain's Laurence Godfrey in the tie-breaker after both were tied at 5-5. In the quarterfinals, Rai beat Italy's Michele Frangilli 6-5.

Rahul Banerjee lost to Ibrahim Sabry of Egypt 6-4 in the opening round and the best-ranked Indian, Jayanta Talukdar, fell in the second round to Athens Olympics champion Marco Galiazzo of Italy 6-2.

Deepika ranked No.1

New Delhi: India's top archer Deepika Kumari has taken her elevation to No. 1 in World Cup ranking as a routine happening, saying her focus now is on a podium finish at the Olympics in London.

"It feels good to be number one, but right now my teammates and I are concentrating on the London performance and we are training hard," said Deepika, who is the first Indian woman archer to attain the top spot in FITA rankings.

Jayanta Talukdar was the first Indian to get No 1 ranking in the World Cup in 2005 and again in 2006.

Options Open

New York: Michael Phelps has left open the possibility that he could try to match, or even surpass, his record golden haul at the London Games.
The 26-year-old, who has already confirmed he will retire from swimming after London, was expected to reduce his Olympic programme after admitting he had struggled for motivation.

But when the entry lists for next week's US Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska, were released, Phelps was down for seven individual events. Added to the three relays that would give him a total of 10 events, raising the possibility of a mouthwatering finale from the most successful Olympian of all time.

Cash for lift

Sydney: Weightlifter Daniel Koum, who is alleged to have demanded cash to take part in a pre-Olympics qualifying event, missed out when Australia named two lifters to compete at next month's Games.

The Australian Weightlifting Foundation has claimed that Koum, 26, demanded US$5,000 to perform at a qualifying event in Samoa — an allegation the athlete strongly denies.