Archery World Cup 2023 Stage 4: Indian men, women recurve teams clinch bronze medals in Paris
The men’s trio beat Spain, while the women got better of Mexico.
After clinical performances from the Indian compound archers yesterday, the Indian recurve team today clinched two bronze medals in the ongoing Archery World Cup 2023 Stage 4 in Paris. The men’s trio consisting of Dhiraj Bommadevara, Atanu Das, and Tushar Shalke defeated Spain 6-2 while the women’s team with the likes of Bhajan Kaur, Simranjeet Singh, and Ankita Bhagat got the better of Mexico 5-4 in the bronze medal playoff matches.
The recurve men’s team after the individual qualifications stage were seeded second behind Korea by securing 2034 points. The trio received a bye in the opening round and in the following round defeated Mexico (6-2). They further went on to thrash Canada (5-1) but were then stopped by 11th seeded Chinese Taipei (0-6) in the semi-finals.
The second series in particular was very poor as the Indian team could only score 47 points while Chinese Taipei shot 58 points. This shifted the momentum from India’s favour and eventually they lost the semis. The Indian trio however bounced back to win the bronze medal (6-2) against Spain after tailing (0-2) at the end of opening series.
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On the other hand, the recurve Indian women’s team were seeded sixth and like their men counterparts received a bye in the opening round. They thrashed Japan (6-2) and Italy (5-1) in the next two rounds to set up a clash against seventh seed Chinese Taipei. And similar to the men’s team, the women’s team too suffered a 0-6 defeat.
A few minutes later they met Mexico in a closely contested bronze medal match. Mexico won the opening two series to take an unassailable lead (4-0) but the Indian team did not lose hope and kept calm by winning the next two series and also won the shoot off to set up a memorable win (5-4).