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Gurucharan wins a thriller

Dola Banerjee of Jharkhand and Gurucharan Basra of Army Sports Institute, the winners in the women's and men's sections of the National Ranking archery tournament in Amritsar on Friday.

Dola Banerjee of Jharkhand and Gurucharan Basra of Army Sports Institute, the winners in the women's and men's sections of the National Ranking archery tournament in Amritsar on Friday.  

AMRITSAR SEPT. 26. Gurukul-bred Satyadev Prasad had hardly settled down after taking out the favourite, Tarundeep Rai, when Gurucharan Besra firmly stood in his way, in the second National Ranking prize money archery tournament here on Friday.

Besra paraded the kind of talent being cultivated at the Pune's Army Sports Institute (ASI), which has a long-term plan towards the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, China.

The ASI was here in a kind of battalion. If Tarundeep lost in the semifinals, Besra rose to the occasion and struck gold.

"There is no lay-off in archery. You can't rest for a while even after winning a crucial match,'' said Tarundeep, who despite finishing third took the first rank in the prize-winning list with 67.67 points.

Quarterfinalists Majhi Swayn (66.16) was second followed by Besra (62.62) as per the points system which takes into account performance in FITA as well as Olympic rounds.

The loss in the semifinal failed to affect Tarundeep as he shot excellent scores of 114 and 117 in the second and third matches of his third-place play-off against Shivnath Nagasia of SAI-Kolkata. Shivnath edged Tarundeep in the first 109-108, but the 19-year-old ASI archer from Namchi (Sikkim) shot world class scores in the next two matches.

In the final, Besra placed Satyadev under immense pressure from the start. Finding 10s with consummate ease, Besra won the first match 108-106. Satyadev, who holds Indian record of 1317 for a FITA round, levelled the scores by winning the second 111-108. But Besra, who had his eye on the target well fixed, kept a constant lead in the four sets of three-arrow match and won 107-102.

"We have to perform well to keep our contract alive with the sponsor. We don't get an easy employment like our counterparts in other sports,'' said the women's champion Dola Banerjee.

Dola, despite a slight scare early on in the final against Bhagyabati Chanu, won 2-0 through some decisive shooting. She was tied 105-105 in the first match and in the first play-off arrow Dola shot a perfect 10 while Bhagyabati wavered to seven.

"Since we have qualified for the Olympic Games' team event also, it is an extra responsibility on us to perform well in these tournaments,'' said Dola. "But it is good that we are getting a chance to perform at different venues which will prepare us for the tougher competitions''.

For the bronze position, Chekrovolu Swuro defeated Bansara Lindhar 106-105, 107-101.

Jharkhand's Dola led the rankings with 39.895 points followed by her State-mate Bhagyabati (30.30). Reena Kumari of Jharkhand and Swuro of Andhra Pradesh were on joint third position with 26.26 points.

The results:

Men's Individual: Final (best of three matches, 12 arrows per match): Gurucharan Besra (ASI) bt Satyadev Prasad (U.P.) 2-1 (108-106, 108-111, 107-102). Third-place play-off: Tarundeep Rai (ASI) bt Shivnath Nagasia (SAI-Kolkata) 2-1 (108-109, 114-112, 117-108). Semifinals: Satyadev bt Tarundeep 2-0 (113-106, 112-111); Gurucharan bt Shivnath 2-0 (104 (10)-104 (8), 110-101).

Men's Team: Final (best of three matches, 27 arrows per match): Team `C' (Shivnath, Priyank, N. Ravinder) bt Team `A' (Tarundeep, Majhi Swayn, Gurucharan) 2-0 (241-239, 243-241). Third place: Team `B' (Satyadev, Harish, Mangal Singh) bt Team `E' (Prabhat Kumar, Robin Hansda, Manoj Kumar) 2-0 (231-226, 239-232). Semifinals: Team `A' bt Team `E' 2-0 (245-240, 239-232); Team `C' bt Team `B' 2-1 (251-231, 235-239, 245-237).

Women's Individual: Final (best of three matches, 12 arrows per match): Dola Banerjee (Jhar) bt Bhagyabati Chanu (Jhar) 2-0 (105 (10)-105 (7), 109-97). Third-place play-off: Chekrovolu Swuro (A.P.) bt Bansara Lindhar (Jhar) 2-0 (106-105, 107-101). Semifinals: Dola bt Chekrovolu 2-0 (113-103, 107-102); Bhagyabati bt Bansara 2-1 (101-100, 101-107, 103-97).

Women's Team: Final (best of three matches, 27 arrows per match): Team `A' (Dola, Bhagyabati, Sumangala Sharma) bt Team `B' (Reena Kumari, Chekrovolu, Bansara) 2-1 (234-238, 244-226, 230-225). Third-place: Team `C' (Sakro Besra, Renu, Manjudha Soy) bt Team `D' (Mandavi, Naohmi Laloo, Sushma) 2-0 (224-205, 224-204). Semifinals: Team `A' bt Team `D' 2-0 (242-232, 236-199); Team `B' bt Team `C' 2-0 (230-242, 242-221).

Ranking and points: Men: 1. Tarundeep (ASI) 67.67 points; 2. Majhi Swayn (ASI) 66.16; 3. Gurucharan Besra (ASI) 62.62; 4. Satyadev Prasad (UP) 60.60; 5. Shivnath Nagasia (SAI-Kolkata) 55.55; 6. Mangal Singh (SAI-Kolkata) 51.51; 7. Vishwas (ASI) 50.50; 8. N. Ravinder (A.P.) 49.49.

Women: 1. Dola Banerjee (Jhar) 39.895; 2. Bhagyabati Chanu (Jhar) 30.30; 3-4. Reena Kumar (Jhar) and Chekrovolu Swuro (A.P.) 26.26 each.

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