Indian challenge ends

New Delhi: After receiving a drubbing in individual competitions, the Indian archers on Thursday bowed out of the Meteksan World Cup in Ulsan, Korea, following their elimination from the team events.

The women, however, faired better their male counterparts as the eve's recurve and compound teams managed to get past the first round before crashing out of the tournament. In women's recurve event, Dola Banerjee, Sushma and Chekrovolu Swuro defeated Spain's Beatriz Cabrero, Magali Foulon, Almudena Gallardo (208-200) convincingly to reach the second round. But, in the next round, the Indians were outplayed (197-211) by the Koreans.

In the women's compound event, the India team comprising Bhegyabati Chanu, Jhanu Hansdah and Namita Yadav, got the better of Indonesia's Lilies Handayani, Lilies Helialti and Foury Akadiani Kusumaniah (216-208). Later, they were tamed by Jahna Davis, Joayn Fleury and Jamie Van Natta (212-216) in the second round.

The Indians narrowly lost to Mexico and Philippines in the men's recurve and men's compound events respectively.

Tarundeep Rai, Rahul Banerjee and Priyank gathered 214 points, but the Mexican team, comprising Eduardo Avelino Magana Poot, Juan Rene Serrano Gutierrez and Luis Eduardo Velez Sanchez, managed to score one point more to qualify for the men's recurve second round. PTI