KOLKATA: Like a true soldier, National champion Chinna Raju Srither went down gallantly in the pre-quarterfinals of the individual men’s compound event of the 45th world archery championship at Ulsan (South Korea) on Saturday.
The Pune-based Tamil Nadu archer had to bow to one of the best in the world, top seed Reu Wilde of the U.S., by 113-116 after going through the first three rounds comfortably.
Ranked 48th, Srither, whose archery career began only after joining Indian Army five years back, first eliminated 81st-ranked Peter Vandekerkh of of Belgium 112-107 before taking out 17th seed from France, Sebastien Brasseur, 115-114.
The close victory boosted his confidence as he powered past 49th-ranked Daniel Munoz of Colombia 115-113 before Wilde put a stop to the Indian’s march.
His other compatriots, however, failed miserably. After winning the first round against Adriel Boon Rong Chua of Singapore (111-110) in the first round, 58th-ranked Chungda Sherpa came a cropper against seventh seed Dejan Sitar of Slovakia 112-117.
Khuraijam Ratan Singh, placed 93 in the qualification, put out 36th-ranked Seppie Cilliers of South Africa 115-114 before 29th-ranked Dietmar Trillus of Canada showed him the exit 117-112.
All the three Indian women fell in the first round. Jhano Hansdah lost to Susanna Makkonen of Finland 105-110; Manjudha Soy went down to Dorith Landesfeind of Germany in tie breaker 109(9)-109(10) and sub-junior National champion Sarikonda Jayalakshmi was beaten by Fatima Agudo of Spain 101-109.