The compound bow archers, too, failed to make a mark, after a disappointing show by the Indian recurve archers, on the third day of the World Cup (Stage I) archery meet at Porec (Croatia) on Thursday.
Veterans Jhano Hansdah and Bheigyabati Chanu won their matches on a day when everybody else lost the first time out. Multiple-National champion Jhano reached the pre-quarterfinals before bowing out to fourth-seeded Erika Anschutz (US) 140-144. National champion Namita Yadav fell to 46th-ranked Anne Lantee of Finland at 128-136 in the second round after a first round bye. Gagandeep Kaur too lost in the second round to 39th-placed Russian Viktoria Balzhanova at 132-136. Reigning men's Asian champion Isaiah Rajender Sanam, ranked No. 60, was eliminated by 53rd-ranked Swiss Gregoire Fumeaux at 137-139 while the other Indians — C. Srither, Ch. Jignas and Ritul Chatterjee — exited in the first round.
Former National champion Srither lost to Croat Vladimir Bartol at 141-143; Jignas stumbled to Italian Pieto Greco at 138-139 and Chatterjee was no match for Belgian Sam Kyritsoglou (138-142).
The recurve pair of Rahul Banerjee and Deepika Kumari was beaten by Piotr Piatek and Justyna Mospinek at 137-140 in the first round of the 16-team knockout competition.
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