Silver for Indian juniors

KOLKATA, JULY 24. The Indian junior team won a silver medal in the eighth world junior archery championship that concluded at Lilleshall (England) on Saturday.

Korea halted the triumphant march of the three Indians — Jayanta Talukdar, Nenavath Ravindhar and Rahul Banerjee — 253-241 in the summit clash.

Having ended third among the 16 teams at the end of the FITA round on the first two days, India took in the stride Malaysia 239-224 in the round of 16 before downing European super power Italy in the quarterfinals 239-231. India beat Australia in the semifinal 243-235, according to information reaching here.

"It was indeed a golden day of the Indian archery,'' said, Paresh Nath Mukherjee, one of the vice-presidents of the Archery Association of India and the technical committee chairman. "We were waiting for this moment. Never in the history of the world championship, we finished beyond fourth, when the Indian senior men's team achieved it at the last world meet in New York. This achievement brings India right into the world archery map,'' he said.

"It was a teamwork. The federation's efforts to hold the prize money circuit meets proved to be beneficial for the boys,'' said coach Dharmendra Tiwari, speaking to The Hindu from England.

The women's team, however, lost to the United States in the first round 219-224. India had finished eighth in the qualification ahead of the US, which had finished ninth.

On the individual front, top-seeded Australian Timothy Cuddihy took the gold medal beating Luxembourg's Gilles Decker 111-107. The bronze medal went to seventh-ranked Kim Seung Wun of Korea who beat his team-mate Gu Dong Nam 107-102.

The women's gold medal was won by Jo Eun Ji of Korea. She beat fifth-seeded Chen Yen-ling of Chinese Taipei 110-109. In an all-Korean bronze medal playoff, Jo Hye Young beat Ki Bo Bae 111-110. — Our Special Correspondent

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