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India collects 8 medals at Asian Archery Grand Prix

Posted on Mar 15, 12:28PM | IANS

Bangkok, March 14 : The Indian archery team collected a haul of eight medals, including two gold, two Silver and four bronze, in the first Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship here Thursday.

Ch. Jignas won the title in compound men individual category defeating China's He Ying in a nerve wrecking match with a margin of three points (145 vs 142). He entered the finals crushing the challenge of Ardianto Yami of Indonesia (145 vs 140) while Abhishek Verma and Ritul Chatterjee lost their quarterfinal.

Compound men trio - Ch. Jignas, Abhishek Verma, Ritual Chatterjee performed exceedingly well throughout the event and confirmed one more gold for India, registering a win over Vietnam (226 vs 218). They eliminated Indonesia (226 vs 212) in the semifinal and Singapore (234 vs 221) in the quarterfinal.

Rahul Banerjee in recurve men and Anjali Kumari in compound women contributed one silver each in individual capacity.

Rahul lost his final against Japanese archer Takaharu Furukawa whereas Anjali could not control her nerve in the ultimate movement of finals competing against Th. Dellie of Indonesia.

In the semifinal, Rahul and Atanu were in front of each other for a medal. Atanu lost but got success in winning bronze against Chinese Taipei archer.

Recurve women team of Bombayala Devi, Dola Banerjee and Rimil Biruli won a bronze against Indonesia and Bombayla Devi grabbed an individual bronze in the same section. Atanu and Bombayala defeated their opponent team in the mixed team event and brought another bronze for India.