Archery World Cup: Indian women’s recurve team storms into final | More sports News

PARIS: India’s recurve archers, who had a nightmarish qualifying round in the women’s event, came back strong to storm into the final, confirming their first medal on the ongoing World Cup Stage 3 on Thursday.
A day after they all slipped out of the top-30 in the qualifying round to take a humble 13th place, the trio of Deepika KumaricAnkita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur beat Ukraine, Britain and Turkey en route to the top clash.
On Sunday they play against Chinese Taipei.
The Indian recurve trio started by knocking out the fourth seed of Ukraine 5-1 (57-53 57-54 55-55).
Against Great Britain in the quarter-finals, they left just four points behind their opponents 6-0 (59-51 59-51 58-50).
In the semi-finals, they had a slow start, with 56 in the first set, but their eighth seeded Turkish rivals Gulnaz CoskunEzgi Basaran and Yasemin Anagozo shot a poor 51 to concede the first set by five points.
The Indians stepped up in the second set to beat their rivals by one point before losing their first set of the day as the Turkish team won the third 55-54 to make it 2-4.
Needing a tie in the fourth set to confirm their passage to the final, the Indians kept their spirits up and held on for a 5-3 (56-51 57-56 54-55 55-55) victory.
Luck was on their side too, as they didn’t have to face their nemesis Koreans, as the top division teams were upset by the eighth-seeded Turkish team in the quarter-finals.
In the final on Sunday, they will face third-seeded Chinese Taipei, which has the bronze medalist from the Rio Olympics team Lei Chien-Ying in the lineup.
Tarundeep Rai’s men’s recurve team, Jayanta Talukdar and Pravin Jadhaviplaced eighth, was eliminated after losing the first round to Switzerland.
After a bye in the pre-quarters, the Indian trio lost 4-5 to Florian Faber, Keziah Chabin and Thomas Rufer in the shoot-off (53-57 58-54 49-53 58-50) (25-25).
The shoot-off was also a draw and the Swiss team was declared the winner as the last dart landed close to the center.
In the third set, the Indians had a hard time shooting a run of five 8s, which proved decisive in the end.

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