Indian men, women fail to justify seeding

Having won two golds and a silver medal in the earlier three legs, the third-seeded men’s team moved into the quarterfinals with a facile 217-207 victory over 14th-ranked Ukraine.

But the Indian trio of Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta Talukdar allowed sixth-seeded Mexico to dominate the proceedings and win a semifinal berth with a 218-210 verdict.

Mexico, however, failed to go past Korea in the semifinals and will play Spain in the bronze medal play-off. Spain lost to France in the other semifinals.

The story in the women’s section was the same. The third-seeded threesome of Rimil Buriuly, Pratima Boro and Dola Banerjee made short work of 14th-ranked Kazakhstan 213-200 but came a cropper against sixth-placed Italy, losing 215-219.

India could have won an unexpected bronze medal but the duo of Rimil Buriuly and Jayanta Talukdar lost to France 138-140 in a closely fought third-place play-off match in the mixed team event.

The Indian pair had to first shoot off with the Russian team because of a tie in the qualification. Having won the contest against Russia and seeded fourth in the four-team main event, India lost to Korea 143-153 and moved to the third-place play-off.

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