Giant-killer Priyank Tyagi toppled four prominent archers to claim a bronze and a gold medal in the elimination rounds on the second day of the third National ranking archery tournament at the Yamuna Sports Complex here on Saturday.
In testing conditions and in an elite field, Tyagi, a World Cup team gold winner in Antalya in 2008, stayed composed to give a series of good performances.
In the windy morning session, Tyagi scalped Rahul Banerjee 7-3 in the pre-quarterfinals before losing to Atanu Das in the semis. He defeated Jayanta Talukdar in the tie-breaker to claim the bronze medal.
Tyagi excelled in the evening session and got the better of Olympian Mangal Singh Champia 6-2 in the semifinals to set up a title clash with Tarundeep Rai, who had sailed to win the gold medal in the first session.
In the final, Tyagi took a 4-0 lead with identical sets of scores (10, 9, 9). Rai took the third one to close the gap to two points. However, Tyagi matched the seasoned Rai to tie in the last two sets and emerge as the champion with a 6-4 verdict.
“I am feeling good now and my form is fine. I have worked hard on my fitness and it is showing results,” said 26the -year-old Tyagi. “This year I have been doing well and I have won the all India Police championship apart from this.”
Rimil Buriuly, an Asian Games team bronze medallist, overcame her disappointing loss to star archer Deepika Kumari in the final in the morning to record a 6-2 win over Deepika in the final in the second session. Deepika led 2-0 by winning the first set.
However, Rimil fought back to bag the next two and stay 4-2 ahead. Deepika levelled in the penultimate set before Rimil hit the target to post a 6-4 victory.
Rajat Chauhan sparkled to take the compound men’s gold medal in the first event. However, he lost to Kh. Ratan Singh in the semifinals in the second event and eventually was beaten in the bronze medal match against Sandeep Kumar.
The results (elimination rounds): Event 2: Recurve: Men: Final: Tarundeep Rai bt Atanu Das 7-1; Third place: Priyank Tyagi bt Jayanta Talukdar 5.9-5.9 via tie-breaker.
Women: Final: Deepika Kumari bt Rimil Burriuly 6-0; Third place: L. Bombayla Devi bt Dola Banerjee 6-0.
Boys: Final: Binod Swansi bt Mukesh Tamang 6-4; Third place: Swmla Boro bt Akhil Choudhary 6-0.
Girls: Final: Dipali Boro bt Davinder Kaur 6-0; Third place: Himani Boro bt Lavanya Namula 6-0.
Compound: Men: Final: Rajat Chauhan bt Abhishek Verma 139-137; Third place: Sandeep Kumar bt Kh. Ratan Singh 139-139 via tie-breaker.
Women: Final: Manjudha Soy bt V. Jyothi Surekha 131-124; Third place: Jhano Hansdah bt P. Lily Chanu 134-124.
Boys: Sh. Ramakanta Sharma bt Shahensha Biruili 134-131; Third place: Y. Charan Reddy bt Ravi Sharma 135-130.
Event 3: Recurve: Men: Final: Tyagi bt Rai 6-4; Third place: Talukdar bt Mangal Singh Champia 6-2.
Women: Final: Rimil bt Deepika 6-2; Third place: Dola bt Bombayla Devi 7-3.
Boys: Final: Swansi bt Tamang 6-0; Third place: Dhaniram Basumatary bt Guru Charan 6-2.
Girls: Final: Sumita Kumari bt Vemunoori Shardha 7-3; Third place: A. Ravali bt Padyawati Sardar 7-1.
Compound: Men: Final: Kh. Ratan Singh bt Verma 143-141; Third place: Sandeep bt Chauhan 146-138.
Women: Final: Trisha Deb bt Jyothi 142-141; Third place: Manjudha bt Sakro Besra 141-139.
Boys: Final: Sh. Ramakanta Sharma bt Reddy 143-140; Third place: Angrej Singh bt Shahensha Biruili 141-137.
Girls: Final: Madhumita Kumari bt Sorang Yumi 144-126; Third place: Maselo Mihu bt Swati Dudhwal 135-132.