Indian archers in gold medal hunt at World Cup – Stage 3

Indian mixed recurve team of Mangal Singh Champia and Deepika Kumari stormed into the final to assure themselves a medal in the Archery World Cup – Stage 3 on Wednesday.

Indian archers in gold medal hunt at World Cup - Stage 3
The third seeded duo took a commanding 4-0 lead before wrapping the issue in the drawn fourth end against the second seeded French pair of Jean-Charles Valladont and Sophie Planeix 5-3 in the semifinals.

They will take on lower-ranked Mexican pair of Juan Rene Serrano and Aida Roman in the final on Sunday.

In the quarters, the Indian duo fresh from earning India quota berths for the Rio Olympics faced a stiff challenge from Spanish before ousting them 5-4 in the shoot off (20-15).

The duo were stretched in the last 16 which too went till the wire before Champia and Deepika sealed the issue 5-4 in the shootoff (19-17).

Meanwhile, Deepika got a bye into the last 32 after qualifying as a second seed behind Aida in the qualifications, while her teammates Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly will have to battle it out in the last 48 after being ranked 33rd and 32nd respectively.

Deepika’s brilliant score in the qualification also ensured India a second seed as they will face lowly ranked Poland who qualified as 15th in the draw of team event.

Source: TOI


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