World Cup: Indian women secure recurve team bronze

By Piyush

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Indian women archers triumphed a team bronze in the recurve section to take their medal’s total to 3 at the World Cup Stage 2 on Thursday.

On a day when Indian men made a quarter-final departure sinking to lower-ranked France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat trounced Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54-51, 54-55, 55-54) in a one-sided bronze medal play-off clash.

Showcasing a consistent show, the trio forced 3 perfect 10s and eight 9s from the first 12 arrows to sail to a 4-0 lead.

Two arrows (8-8) in the inner red circle cost them the third set however they came back powerfully in the fourth to wrap the matter with one X and five 9s.

The Indian women’s team had to struggle for a bronze following they lost out to its enemy and home favourites Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53) in the semi-final.

It was not as if the top-seeded team shot some great scores however the Indian women struggled under pressure.

They were at their erratic best and only time they could boost their game was in the second set where they had a superb show of four 10s counting one X and one 9.

Nevertheless, in the fourth set, they failed to fire an arrow, whilst another shot in the red-ring (7) beat out any chance of a fight, even as the famed Koreans tallied an ordinary 53.

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