India’s archers won a team bronze in the recurve section to take their medal tally to three at World Cup Stage 2 here on Thursday. On a day when the Indian men made a quarter-final move down to lower-seeded France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat beat Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54- 51, 54-55, 55-54) in a one-sided bronze medal play-off.
Putting on a consistent show, the trio shot three perfect 10s and eight 9s from the first 12 arrows to take a 4-0 lead.
Two arrows (8-8) into the inner red circle cost them the third set, but they bounced back strongly in the fourth to wrap up the issue with an X and five 9s.
India’s women’s team had to battle for bronze after losing to arch-nemesis and home favorite Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53) in the semi-finals .
It wasn’t as if the top-ranked team put in very good scores, but the Indians choked on the pressure. They were at their inconsistent best and the only time they could improve their game was in the second set where they had a spectacular show of four 10s including an X and a 9.
But in the fourth set they missed an arrow, while another shot into the red ring (7) snuffed out any chance of a fight, even as the famous Koreans totaled an ordinary 53.
Earlier, a new men’s team consisting of the experienced duo of Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar along with debutant Neeraj Chauhan capped a disastrous outing to lose to their 15th seed France 2-6 (54-57, 55-52, 53-55, 47-53).
The seventh-seeded men’s team hit two 8s in the first set and improved the show to win the second, but they slipped again and were eliminated with a horror show in the fourth set where they shot twice in the red rings (8-7) and once in the blue ring (6).
On Wednesday, the men’s compound team stormed into the final to secure at least a silver medal, while the women’s team won a bronze medal to open their account.
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