KOLKATA: India’s two young archers, Kapil and Rimil Biruly, scalped reigning World champions in the individual recrve elimination round of the World Cup archery meet at Antalya on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Indian men’s recurve team, comprising Rahul Banerjee, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh, moved into the final for the third consecutive time in the ongoing World Cup series with a fine 219-215 semifinal win over Malaysia. India will take on Korea in the final.
The women, however, lost to Russian Federation 206-216 and will play Japan for the bronze medal.
Kapil, ranked 33 in the men’s section, and Rimil, placed 20th in the women’s section, moved into the quarterfinals with facile victories. Kapil eliminated 2007 Leipzig Worlds champion and seed No. 1 in this meet, Im Dong-Hyun of Korea in the second round 115-111 and beat 49th-ranked Malaysian Abdul Rahim Muhamed Izzuddin 115-100 to be in quarterfinals.
Rimil, a tribal girl from Jharkhand, ousted 2007 World champion and seed No. 4 Natalia Valeeva of Italy 108-105 in making it to the quarterfinals against fifth-ranked Ruyu Ouyang of China.
Talukdar in last eight
The other Indian to move into the quarterfinal was sixth seed Jayanta Talukdar, whose good show here would enhance his chances of making it to the Copenhagen final later this year.
Talukdar will come up against Bair Badenov of Russia after removing 22nd-placed Brady Ellison of the U.S. with a World-class score of 118 to 111.
The rest of the Indians failed to go beyond the second round. They include Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia in the men’s section and Dola Banerjee, Reena Kumari and Laishram Bombayla Devi in the ladies group.
In the compound section, both the Indian teams lost early with the men going down to Canada 215-223 and women bowing to Greece 213-217. — Special Correspondent