Archers felicitated for Asian glory

President of Archery Association of India Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Sunday felicitated the Indian team for their performance in the first Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship which was held in Bangkok from March 10th-15th

The Indian contingent won seven medals comprising 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. “Such medal winning performances are a good sign and will certainly boost up the morale of our archers to give their best in other big events during the year 2014,” Malhotra said.Malhotra specially praised the compound archers who won six out of the seven medals won by the Indians. The compound women team comprising Gagandeep Kaur, V Jyoti Surekha and P Lily Chandu picked the first gold by defeating Iran(219 vs 204).

The recurve men trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Kapil clinched the gold beating Chinese Taipei team 6-0 in the final. A combination of Abhishik Verma and V. Jyothi Surekha grabbed the gold in mixed team compound event.

Abhishek Verma, who was in great form throughout the event, however, lost in the individual compound final to settle for silver. Compound women archer Gagandeep Kaur and compound men team later added two silvers to the Indian tally.

 “It is for the first in the history of Indian archery and a rare distinction too that Abhishek Verma scored 150 points of possible 150 twice in a day,” Malhotra said.

The single bronze medal won by the Indian squad was also won by a compound archer, Sandeep Kumar, in an Individual event.     

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