Gwangju (South Korea): Indian female archers won a team bronze in the recurve section to bring their medal at the World Cup Stage 2 to three here on Thursday.
On a day when Indian men exited a quarter-final to lower-ranked France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat defeated Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54-51, 54-55, 55-54 ) in a one-sided bronze medal play-off encounter.
With a consistent show, the trio drilled three perfect tens and eight nines from the first 12 darts to sail to a 4-0 lead.
Two arrows (8-8) in the inner red circle cost them the third set, but they bounced back strongly in the fourth to wrap things up with one X and five 9s.
The Indian women’s team had to fight for the bronze after losing in the semi-finals to their nemesis and home favorites Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53).
It wasn’t as if the best-placed team posted great scores, but the Indian women choked under the pressure. They were at their inconsistent best and the only time they could improve their game was in the second set where they put on a spectacular show of four 10s including an X and a 9.
But in the fourth set, they misfired an arrow, while another shot into the red ring (7) knocked out any chance of a fight, even as the famed Koreans scored a regular 53.
Earlier, a new men’s team, featuring veteran duo Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar along with debutant Neeraj Chauhan, ended a disastrous outing, losing to 15th-seeded France 2-6 (54-57, 55-52). , 53-55, 47-53).
The seventh-seeded men’s team had two 8s in the first set and put on an improved show to win the second, but they slipped again and were eliminated with a horror show in the fourth set, where they shot into the red rings twice ( 8-7) and once in the blue ring (6).
On Wednesday, the men’s compound team stormed into the finals to secure silver, while the women’s team took a bronze win to open their account.
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