Archery World Cup: Abhishek Verma Qualifies 6th

Asian Games gold medallist Abhishek Verma was the best-placed Indian archer as the second stage of Archery World Cup began in Antalya, Turkey on Wednesday. Verma qualified in 6th place in the men’s compound category.


Abhishek Verma: Good show

The other Indians who secured a top 10 ranking in the qualification rounds were Deepika Kumari in women’s recurve section and Jayanta Talukdar in men’s recurve category. While the former world no. 1 Deepika was ranked 9th, veteran archer Talukdar was placed in the 10th position in their respective categories.

In the team rankings, the men’s recurve team clinched the 3rd place while the men’s compound team too did well to be placed 6th. The women’s compound team secured an eighth position. However, the women’s recurve team failed to get a top 10 ranking as they managed just the 13th position.

Indian Mixed Recurve Team loses narrowly

It was a disappointing day for India in the Mixed Team competition. The recurve mixed team of Deepika Kumari and Jayanta Talukdar lost heartbreakingly by just one point in a shoot-off in the pre-quarter-finals. The French team of Lucas Daniel and Berengere Schuh edged Kumari/Talukdar 5-4 (19-18).

In Compound Mixed Team competition, the team of Abhishek Verma and Ramandeep Kaur too could not progress beyond the pre-quarters. They lost to Stephan Hansen and Tanja Jensen of Denmark 151-154.

Full results from the ranking round –

Recurve Men Team – 1999 (3)

Jayanta Talukdar – 671 (10)
Mangal Singh Champia – 669 (13)
Viswash – 659 (36)
Ranjit Naik – 653 (48)

Recurve Women Team – 1888 (13)

Deepika Kumari – 664 (9)
Dola Banerjee – 612 (72)
Satbir Kaur – 612 (73)
Snehal Divakar – 592 (103)

Compound Men Team – 2087 (6)

Abhishek Verma – 701(6)
‪‎Rajat‬ Chauhan – 693 (34)
Jignas Chittibomma – 693 (37)
Chinglensana – 686 (56)

Compound Women Team – 2045 (8)

Ramandeep Kaur – 684 (28)
Trisha Deb – 681 (34)
P. Lily Chanu – 680 (36)
Anjali Kumari – 674 (51)

Coming Up

The knock-out stages of the individual matches will be held on Thursday. Let us hope that the Indian archers can remain in contention for medals.

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