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India bag solitary bronze in Indoor Archery World Cup

Deepika Kumari defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women’s recurve bronze play-off to win the medal at the Indoor Archery World Cup.

other sports Updated: Dec 03, 2017 22:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bangkok
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Deepika Kumari claimed the only medal for India at Indoor Archery World Cup.(HT Photo)

India returned with a solitary bronze medal by Deepika Kumari at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded in Bangkok on Sunday.

Deepika, seeded third, defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women’s recurve bronze play-off to bring some smile to the camp after the men’s top seed Atanu Das crashed out in round two.

It was a disappointing end to their campaign, close on the heels of the overwhelming success at the Asian Championship in Dhaka, where they bagged a rich haul of nine medals - three gold, four silver and two bronze.

Deepika got past three of her teammates — Nivetha Ganesan 6-0, Laishram Bombayla Devi 7-3 and Ankita Bhakat 6-2 — to make the last-four.

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But Korean second seed Kim Surin shattered the former world number one’s gold medal dream with a thrilling 6-5 win in the shoot-off (10-9) and Deepika had to settle for third place.

The fifth Indian in the draw, Monika Saren was blanked 0 -6 by the eventual silver medallist Surin in the last-16.

None of Indian male archers could make the quarterfinals.

Das, who topped the qualifications, could not replicate that when it mattered most, making a round two exit with a 3-7 loss to the 16th seed and eventual silver medallist Matteo Fissore of Italy.

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In an all-Indian first round clash 12th seeded Jayanta Talukdar beat Rahul Banerjee 7-3, but lost 2-6 in the very next round to the fifth seeded Kim Joo Wan of Korea.

Swami Indrachand, seeded 10th, won his first round with a comfortable 7-1 win over China’s Peng Cheng only to face a 2-6 defeat at the hands of Plihon Pierre in the next round.

Atul Verma and Akhil Choudhary lost their respective openers.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 22:04 IST