Indian archery hit a new low at the World archery championship at Belek Antalya in Turkey on Thursday.

All individual entries in the recurve and compound categories went out either in the third round or pre-quarterfinals except in the men’s compound, where Rajat Chauhan exceeded all expectations to reach the quarterfinals before bowing out.

The second-seeded men’s recurve team, comprising Jayanta Talukdar, Kapil and Tarundeep Rai, lost in the first round to 15th seed Ukraine 177-172.

The 12th-seeded recurve women’s recurve team that won silver in the last World championships — consisting of Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Dola Banerjee — overcame fifth-seeded Japan 165-161, but failed against No. 4 Mexico in the quarterfinals 195-176.

The Indian compound mixed team of Abhishek Verma and Vennam Jyothi Surekha is still in contention for the bronze.

The compound teams will see action on Friday.

The results: Recurve: Men: Individual pre-quarterfinals: Tarundeep Rai lost to Oh Jin Hyek (Kor) 0-6; Kapil lost to Xiaoxiang Dai (Chn) 0-6; Third round: Jayanta Talukdar lost to Luis Alvarez (Mex) 2-6.

Women: Pre-quarterfinals: Dola Banerjee lost to Ki Bo Bae (Kor) 0-6; Third round: Deepika Kumari lost to Mariana Avitia (Mex) 2-6.

Compound: Men: Individual quarterfinals: Rajat Chauhan lost to Pierre Julien Deloche (Fra) 126-129; Third round: Abhishek Verma lost to Adam Ravenscroft (Eng) 134-139.

Women: Pre-quarterfinals: V. Jyothi Surekha lost to Gerda Roux (SA) 118-130.

Team: Recurve: Men: First round: Ukraine bt India 177-172.

Women: First round: India bt Japan 165-161; Quarterfinals: lost to Mexico 176-195.


  • The men’s recurve team lost in the first round to 15th seed Ukraine 177-172


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