• Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Archer Harvinder Singh defeats Korean Kim Min Su to win bronze medal-Sports News, Firstpost


World number 23 Singh was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a major para competition at the 2018 Asian Games.

File image of Harvinder Singh. Twitter @ ArcherHarvinder

Tokyo: Harvinder Singh captured India’s first-ever archery medal at the Paralympic Games on Friday, holding his nerves to the ground for Korea’s Kim Min Su in a thrilling shootout for recurve bronze in the men’s recurve Games in progress.

World number 23 Singh was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a major para competition at the 2018 Asian Games.

An economics scholar from the University of the Punjabi, Patiala, Singh scored three play-off victories that day, starting with his triumphs in the opening rounds.

In the bronze playoffs, the 31-year-old led 5-3 before the Korean won the fifth set by shooting a perfect 10 to force a play-off where the Indian responded in style by shooting a perfect 10 against the 8. Kim’s for a 6-5 (26-24, 27-29, 28-25, 25-25, 26-27) (10-8) win.

In the semifinals, Singh lost to world number 10 Kevin Mather of the United States 6-4 in an intense five sets (25-28, 24-24, 25-25, 25-24, 24-26).

Singh, from a small village of Guhla Cheeka near Kaithal in Haryana, was stretched to the limit in the first two rounds, but he showed tremendous resilience to defeat his imaginary opponents via blockades.

In the first round of 32, Singh lost a 4-0 lead to Stefano Travisani after shooting a 7 in the third set as his Italian rival made it 5-5 (27-24, 26-22, 26- 27, 25-25, 25-27) to force a barrage.

Singh won the problem – 6-5 (10-7) – in style, shooting a perfect 10 in the tiebreaker as his rival only managed a 7.

In the round of 16, Singh edged out former world number one Bato Tsydendorzhiev of Russia, again by the slimmest of margins 6-5 (8-7).

Singh made a dramatic 0-4 turnaround to bring the game back to a 5-5 level (26-28, 23-26, 29-26, 23-21, 28-28) and force a play-off where he edged his Russian opponent 8-7.

In the quarterfinals, Singh swept 49-year-old three-time Paralympian Maik Szarszewski of Germany 6-2 (25-21, 28-23, 25-28, 26-23) losing just one set.

Coming from a middle-class farming family, Singh had dengue when he was only one and a half years old and a local doctor gave him an injection which had a detrimental effect on his mobility. His legs.



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