Seasoned archer Tarundeep Rai beat the heat to give a good performance and finish on the top of the men’s recurve rankings after the qualification round on the opening day of the third National ranking archery tournament at the Yamuna Sports Complex here on Friday.
Rai, who had taken a long break after the London Games, enjoyed his comeback performance by shooting a total of 1341 points. Mangal Singh Champia was a distant second with 1316, while young Atanu Das, on an identical 1316, was third.
Rai, who led the 90m contest by scoring 328 points, held his lead even after coming six points behind Champia, who shot a 343, in 70m. Rai showed his consistency to score 329 and 347 in 50m and 30m respectively.
“I was not practising for four-five months after the Olympics and then my son was born. Now I am back and feel good about my form. Hopefully, I will return better results in the elimination rounds,” said Rai. Several archers, including Rai, were of the opinion that the heat coupled with humidity, following the early monsoon rains, was a distraction.
In women’s recurve, Rimil Buriuly led the pack with a total of 1331 points.
The results: Qualification round (top eight): Recurve: Men: Tarundeep Rai 1341, Mangal Singh Champia 1316, Atanu Das 1316, Jayanta Talukdar 1315, Amadeep Kerketta 1313, Rahul Banerjee 1303, Kapil 1296, Viswash 1295.
Women: Rimil Buriuly 1331, Deepika Kumari 1327, Dola Banerjee 1319, L. Bombayala Devi 1313, Chekrovulo Swuro 1303, Seema 1278, Laxmi Rani Majhi 1242, Reena Kumari 1237.
Boys: Binod Swansi 1282, Guru Charan 1277, Akhil Choudhary 1276, Swmla Boro 1268, Mangal Ho 1265, Dhaniram Basumatary 1263, Mukesh Tamang 1261, Atul Verma 1256.
Girls: A. Ravali 1270, Padyawati Sardar 1269, Dipali Boro 1267, Sumita Kumari 1253, Lavanya Namula 1241, Venmunoori Shardha 1239, Himani Boro 1223, Davinder Kaur 1201.
Compund: Men: Rajat Chauhan 699, Ritul Chatterjee 689, Abhishek Verma 686, Sandeep Kumar 685, Arbeen Singh 683, C. Srither 679, Chungda Sherpa 678, Anil Kumar 678.
Women: Trisha Deb 688, Manjudha Soy 676.
Boys: Angrej Singh 675, Ravi Sharma 672, Y. Charan Reddy 671, Shahensha Biruli 670, Govind Das 669, Sudhakar Paswan 668, Sh. Ramakanta Sharma 656, Kamlesh Mahato 636.
Girls: Madhumita Kumari 648, Swati Dudhwal 643, Durgawati Kumari 635, Sorang Yumi 634, Maselo Mihu 628, Rajani Patra 618, M. Akham 611, Genung Tekseng 610.