Men’s compound team bags bronze

Madrid, August 23 

The Indian junior men’s compound team won a bronze medal while Sukhbeer Singh assured himself of a second medal in the World Archery Youth Championships here today.

Playing in his first international event, Sukhbeer helped India open their medal account when he teamed up with Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Tushar Phadtare to shoot a flawless final round and beat Colombia 234-231 for the bronze medal.

Trailing by one point till the penultimate end, the Indian trio made a spectacular recovery, shooting 60 out of 60 with two Xs (closer to centre) to defeat Colombia’s Jagdeep Teji Singh Mejia, Gomez Zuluaga Felipe and Toro Vasquez Manuel who scored 56.

Mixed pair in final

Sukhbeer also assured himself of at least a silver when he partnered Raginee Markoo to defeat Iran’s Geesa Bybordy and Danial Heidarzadehdehkordi 154-151 in the semifinals of the compound junior mixed pair event. The Indian pair will face Switzerland for a gold tommorow.

“It is a special day for me as it is my first international event. I will be shooting for a gold medal and I have already won bronze. I am so excited,” Sukhbeer said.

On Thursday, 17-year-old Komalika Bari reached the final in the recurve cadet section. Bari will face Sonoda Waka of Japan in the fight for the gold on Sunday.

India, however, suffered heartbreak in the compound cadet mixed team and recurve cadet mixed team events, losing in the bronze medal playoffs. — PTI

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