A stellar day for Indian archers continued at the 2019 Asian Archery Championships as their men’s and women’s recurve team won bronze medals to take India’s tally to four in Bangkok on Tuesday.
After his bronze medal win in the individual event, Atanu Das returned to the Rajmangala Stadium alongside teammates Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar and beat the Bangladeshi team 5-1 to earn a spot in the semi-final where they would take on North Korea.
Though the Indian team couldn’t get the better of their opponents and lost 2-6, they earned the opportunity to battle for the bronze medal against a Chinese team that was blanked 0-6 in their match against South Korea.
The Indian trio dominated the contest from start, eventually winning it 6-2 to win the bronze medal, making it three bronzes for Das.
The women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Ankita Bhakat started their day by blanking the Thai team 6-0 in their first-round match in the women’s recurve event. They then proceeded to trounce Kazakhstan 6-0 to book their berth in the semifinals against South Korea.
The Indians fell behind early and struggled to forge a comeback as the South Koreans ran away with the contest and emerged victors by a scoreline of 6-2, sending India to the bronze medal match against Japan.
Much like their first two matches, the Indian trio found their groove and dominated the Japanese team before winning 5-1 to complete a hat-trick of bronze medals for the Indian recurve teams.
After the Indian mixed compound team made it to gold medal match yesterday, the men’s and the women’s team followed suit and ran through the opposition to book their berth in the compound finals in their respective categories.
The men’s compound team faced Thailand in their quarterfinal match and the trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Mohan Ramswaroop Bhardwaj left it late, winning the final set 60-59 and the match 230-229 to move on to the semifinals.
The match against Iran wasn’t as dramatic as India took a comfortable nine-point lead after two sets and banked on their lead to win 229-221.
The women’s compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar started off brightly in their quarterfinal match against Thailand, however, the Thai women rallied back to cut India’s lead to just two entering the final set.
Thailand shot 57 in the final set and India managed 56 to win the contest by a narrow margin of 226-225. The Indian side was much more clinical in the semifinal against Iran, outscoring them in all four sets to win the contest 229-221 and seal a spot in the final.
While both, the men’s and women’s compound teams will battle the South Korean teams in the gold medal match, the mixed team of Verma and Vennam will battle Chinese Taipei in their final, on what could be a historic day for Indian archery.