Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Arguably the best Indian contemporary recurve male archer, Jayanta Talukdar, seems to have regained the touch and confidence in time for the World Cup archery final slated at Copenhagen on September 26.

The 23-year-old Indian is the leading male archer in the World Cup ranking with 45 points gleaned from four World Cup legs out of which the best three championship points are counted.

“I was bothered by two factors of late,” Talukdar said before his departure on Tuesday. “I was not feeling the bow while shooting and secondly I seemed to have lost a bit of focus during the Shanghai World Cup and at the Ulsan World championship. I introspected and with the help of my coach sorted out the problems to a large extent,” he said. “I have not only regained my rhythm but also my confidence level is much higher now.”

Talukdar had won the second leg at Porec to gain 25 points and bagged the bronze medal at the third leg at Antalya which fetched him another 18 points. He picked up two points each from the first leg at Santo Domingo and the fourth leg at Shanghai.

“The fourth Asian Grand Prix came as a boon as it helped me to work on my mistakes. I shot well the past two days and I will get two more days at Copenhagen before the final. I hope to be ready for the battle,” he said.

Coach’s help

Talukdar will have coach Dharmendra Tiwary with him this time. “He (Tiwary) knows my game and his advice during shooting will be of great help,” he said. “Talukdar is in good shape,” Tiwary said. “We pray for good weather and a bit of luck as well.”

The Indian ace will figure in the Champion of Champions leg for the second time, having experienced it in 2006 where he finished last among the four competitors. ``I had no experience when I went to Mexico in 2006. The rules for the final was also different and I struggled to hit the rhythm,” he said.

“Unlike other competitions, an archer is given only 20 seconds (as against 30 seconds) to shoot one arrow in the finals. I have been practising on this since my arrival from Ulsan and I put this to good use at the Kolkata meet. I think I am fairly successful in tuning my game,” he said.

Talukdar will come up against three other competitors, Simon Terry of Great Britain (43 points, No. 2 seed), Romain Girouille of France (36 points, No. 3 seed) and Marco Galiazzo of Italy (36 points, No. 4 seed).

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