India beat France to win gold in compound men’s team event
India’s men’s compound archery team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini won gold at the Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, beating France in the final on Saturday.
France’s Jean Philippe Boulch, Quentin Baraer and Adrien Gontier took an early lead in the team event with a score of 57-56 in round 1. They increased their lead to four points in round 2 but India then made a superb comeback. They had a perfect score in set 4, winning 60 points on six shots while France scored 58. France’s lead was 174 to India’s 173 going into the final set.
France did not start the final end well, scoring three nines while India scored three consecutive 10s. India only managed nine out of six shots while France scored 56. India won the gold medal 232-230.
The ninth-seeded team had previously beaten top-seeded Turkey 235-233 in the quarter-finals before beating Great Britain 236-235 in the semi-finals to reach the gold medal play-off. and securing India’s first medal at the first World Cup of 2022. They had played against Italy (237-232) in the second round.
In the other medal event on Saturday, India’s mixed team of Verma and Muskan Kirar lost the bronze medal final to Croatia’s Amanda Mlinaric, Domagoj Buden 157-156.
On Sunday, the Indian mixed doubles duo of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi Phor will fight for the gold medal. Fifth seeds Rai and Phor beat Spain 5-3 to reach the final.
How is compound archery different from recurve?
Compound archery is not an Olympic discipline and the type of bow used is more mechanical than the recurve bow. The compound bow, invented in the 1960s, uses a lever system of pulleys and cables that makes it faster and more accurate. It also includes a magnified scope for aiming, a release aid that reduces the force and effort required to pull the strings. A recurve bow has a shape closer to the traditional bows used since antiquity.