Komalika Bari became only the second Indian to win gold medals in recurve youth and junior categories.
It was a spectacular day for Indian archers as they won five gold medals in the recurve cadet men’s, mixed team, recurve junior men’s, mixed team and recurve junior individual events at the World Archery Youth Championships on Sunday. The 16th edition of the competition took place in Wroclaw, Poland.
Such was the domination of the Indian recurve archers that they emerged victorious in eight out of the nine matches they competed in.
The cadet men’s team defeated France 5-3 in the final to win a gold medal. The Indian team comprised Bishal Changmai, Amit Kumar and Vickey Ruhal. The cadet mixed team followed in their footsteps by getting the better of Japan in the final at the Archery World Youth Championships. India’s cadet mixed team of Bishal Changmai and Tamnna upset the Japanese duo of Sae Miwa and Haruma Yahata. The Indians were dominant and won the match 6-2.
In the junior men’s and mixed teams finals, it was India against Spain. Coincidentally, the scoreline was 5-3 in favour of India in both finals. The recurve junior men’s team consisted of Sushant Salunkhe, Aditya Choudhary and Dhiraj Bommadevara. In the junior mixed team final, the talented duo of Komalika Bari and Sushant Salunkhe represented the country.
Komalika Bari scripts history
Komalika Bari created history in the recurve junior gold medal match at the Archery World Youth Championships. The 19-year-old became only the second Indian to win gold medals in both the recurve youth and junior categories. She ousted Spaniard Elia Canales 7-3 to join Deepika Kumari in this illustrious list.
Elsewhere, the recurve cadet women’s team bagged a bronze medal after beating Germany 5-3. Bishal Changmai and Manjiri Manoj Alone also secured podium finishes by winning the cadet men’s and women’s individual bronze medal matches respectively. The only taste of disappointment came in the junior women’s team bronze medal match, where India lost 5-1 against Ukraine.
As such, this concludes a successful campaign for the Indian archers at the Archery World Youth Championships 2021 in Wroclaw, Poland. The Indian archers had a spectacular campaign grabbing a total of eight gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
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