World Archery Championships: Indian eves clinch silver
The Indian women’s recurve team bagged a silver medal at the World Archery Championships on Sunday after narrowly missing out in a nail-biting finale 4-5 against their top seeded Russian opponents at the Christiansborg Palace.
The Indian trio of Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly squandered a two-set lead and eventually lost the tie breaker 27-28 to winning trio of Inna Stepanova, Ksenia Perova and Tuyana Dashidorzhieva.
India thus picked their second silver in the ongoing World Archery Championships where compound archer Rajat Chauhan opened the account with a historic individual medal on Saturday.
This is India’s best ever show in the World Archery Championships where they are in hunt for a third medal, and a double for Laxmirani who will fight for a bronze in the individual recurve section later in the day.
Having grabbed an Olympic quota place for India in the women’s section, the second seeded Indian eves kept shuffling their order with the former world No 1 either shooting first or last after her teammates Rimil and Laxmirani as Russians slowly recovered from a slow start.
The trio of Tuyana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova had a series of 9s against India’s three perfect 10s and one closest to the centre (X) to trail 54-56. The Indians maintained their lead to wrap the second set 4-0 but failed to wrap the issue in the third as Majhi and Buriuly shot seven each. Buriuly bounced back shooting a X while Kumari, shooting last, had a perfect 10 but it was not enough as they lost the third set by two points.