Laxmirani Majhi Loses Bronze Medal Playoff

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Hopes of adding a second medal at the 2015 World Archery Championships were dashed for Indian recurve archer Laxmirani Majhi as she narrowly lost her bronze medal playoff to World No. 3 Korean Misun Choi at Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday. Majhi went down 4-6 (28-26, 24-29, 27-28, 29-27, 27-29) at the end of five sets.

Earlier in the day, the Indian recurve women team led by Deepika Kumari, settled for the silver medal as they lost the final 4-5 to Russia.

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Laxmirani Majhi in action at the World Archery Championships

Laxmirani Majhi began with a lead over the Korean

Laxmirani Majhi began on a positive note, taking the first set over Misun Choi. However, the experienced Korean came storming back into the contest and grabbed the next two sets to lead 4-2. The Indian archer held her nerves well to edge past the Korean 29-27 in the fourth set. The match thus headed into the final regulation set.

Needing a 10, Laxmirani could only come up with an 8 and thus the bronze medal was awarded to the Korean archer.

“I had some problems drawing, but still happy with my finish,” Laxmirani Majhi said after losing the bronze medal playoff.

India grabs 2 medals from the World Championships

It was a memorable outing for the Indian archery contingent at the prestigious World Archery Championships with the team winning an unprecedented 2 medals – a silver in women’s recurve team competition and another silver in men’s compound event through Rajat Chauhan. The Indians also bagged a team Olympic quota in the women’s recurve category and an individual quota in men’s recurve through Mangal Singh Champia.

Here’s hoping to see the Indian archers continue with their confident form in the upcoming World Cups.




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