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Archery World Cup- India win two gold in Stage 1; experts predict better performance in Stage 2

India won two gold medals; however, Stage 1 of the Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey turned out to be a mediocre outing for the Indian archers.

The Compound Men’s team comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan, clinched gold after beating France by 232-230 in the final. The Indian team, seeded ninth, had earlier beaten the top-seeded Turkey 235-233 in the quarterfinals before beating Great Britain 236-235 in the semifinals.

The Indian duo of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi won the Recurve Mixed Team gold medal at the event. The pair came from behind twice before beating Britons Bryony Pitman and Alex Wise through a shootoff by 18-17.

India’s Mixed Compound Team of Abhishek Verma and Muskan Kirar made it to the bronze medal match but lost against Croatia’s Amanda Mlinaric, Domagoj Buden by 157-156.

These three were the only medal matches India could manage at the World Cup Stage 1. Indian team psychologist, Mreenal Chakraborty said, “Our players have the ability to perform far better. But this team comprises of many new players who are not experienced in maintaining the pressure of international tournaments. We have to work together and synchronize certain technical aspects- both physical and psychological. We will keep these things in mind in the next two stages of World Cup and our ultimate target is to shine at Asian Games 2022.”  

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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