Indian women’s team win bronze in recurve

India’s women’s archery team won a bronze medal in the recurve section to bring India’s medal count to three at the World Cup Stage 2 in Gwangju, South Korea South, Thursday.

On a day when the Indian men’s team made a quarter-final move down to lower-seeded France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat beat Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54-51, 54-55, 55-54) in a one-sided encounter for the bronze medal.

Putting on a consistent show, the trio shot three perfect 10s and eight 9s from the first 12 arrows to take a 4-0 lead.

Two arrows (8-8) into the inner red circle cost them the third set, but they bounced back strongly in the fourth to wrap up the issue with an X and five 9s.

The Indian women’s team had to fight for bronze after losing to local favorites Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53) in the semi-finals.

India suffered from inconsistency in the semis and the only time they could improve their game was in the second set where they had a spectacular show of four 10s including an X and a 9.

But in the fourth set they missed an arrow, while another shot into the red ring (7) snuffed out any chance of a fight, even though the Koreans had 53.

Earlier, a new men’s team consisting of the experienced duo of Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar along with debutant Neeraj Chauhan, lost to 15th-seeded France 2-6 (54-57, 55-52, 53-55 , 47-53).

The seventh-seeded men’s team shot two 8s in the first set and improved their show to win the second, but slipped again and were eliminated in the fourth set, where they shot twice in the red rings (8-7) and once in the blue ring (6).

On Wednesday, the men’s compound team broke into the final, while the women’s team won a bronze medal to open their account.

Earnest A. Martinez