Indian archery continued to find champion Korea an insurmountable hurdle as the men's team of Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta Talukdar lost the semifinals 216-222 in the Asian Games on Monday.

India, however, scored a thrilling 220-216 victory over Chinese Taipei to confirm the bronze.

The Indian women's team had fared better and had tied with Korea in the semifinals before losing the tie-break, on way to the bronze.

Coach Purnima Mahato said the wind played a part in India's defeat in the semifinals, but was pleased the team added a second bronze medal to the collection before the individual event.

Mary Kom cruises

In boxing, Mary Kom punched her way past Meng Chieh Ping of Chinese Taipei 16-2 in the quarterfinals, and set up a title clash with World champion in the under-51kg category, Ren Cancan of China.

The Chinese was in fine shape, winning her two rounds, 8-1 against Euna Jang of Korea and 10-0 against Sanju Lama of Nepal, to be ready for the challenge from five-time World champion Mary Kom.

Kavita Goyal beat Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan 8-7 in the 75kg section to make the semifinals. She will also face a Chinese, Li Jinzi in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Preeti Beniwal, however, lost in the quarterfinals, to Tasamalee Thongjan of Thailand, as the referee stopped the contest in the third round of the 60kg section.

In the men's event, Santhosh Kumar defeated Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia, to confirm a medal in the 64kg section.

After the scores were tied, the Indian boxer prevailed on the basis of the individual scores of the five judges, in the quarterfinal bout.

Amandeep Singh lost to Victorio Saludar of Philippines 1-6 in the quarterfinals of the 49kg section, after having won two earlier rounds with conviction. The Filipino took a 3-1 lead in the first round, and did not allow any point for the Indian even as he enhanced the lead to five in the second round and cruised to a smooth finish.

No more medals

In Greco-Roman wrestling, there were no further medals for India from three weight categories. Manoj Kumar made the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion Taleb Nematpour of Iran, in the 84 kg class.

In the repechage, Manoj Kumar lost the bronze medal bout to Janarbek Kenjeev of Kyrgyzstan.

Sanjay also lost the first round to Daniyar Kobonov of Kyrgyzstan who went on to clinch the gold in the 74kg section. However, in the repechage, Sanjay lost the first bout to Roman Melyoshin of Kazakhstan.

Anil Kumar also lost to a wrestler from Kyrgyzstan, Azamat Erkimbaev, but there was no second chance for him as his opponent did not progress till the final but had lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion Goldasteh Ghorbani of Iran, in the 96kg category.

In the squash team competition, the Indian men's team beat Japan and Saudi Arabia 3-0 each to add to its earlier victory over Qatar. The team will play its last league matches against Malaysia and Korea on Tuesday for a semifinal berth.

In women's squash, the team beat China and Pakistan 3-0 each and will meet Hong Kong on the morrow.

With Hong Kong also winning its two matches so far, the two teams have confirmed their semifinal berth, and will fight for the No.1 rank from the group. In the other group of three teams, Malaysia and Korea beat Japan to ensure their semifinal place.

India ninth

In handball, the Indian men beat Hong Kong 34-29 after leading 17-16 at half-time to take the ninth place. The women's team lost to Korea 17-42 in the preliminary league.

In women's preliminary league in volleyball, India lost 12-25, 12-25, 12-25 to Cinese Taipei. In basketball, India lost to Thailand 54-62 in the women's preliminary league, with Geethu Anna Jose (20) and D. Anitha (15) doing the bulk of the scoring.

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