India’s recurve women’s team of Ankita Bhakat, Deepika Kumari and Simranjeet Kaur overcame their disappointing performance in the ranking round to reach the final and secure a medal for the country in Stage 3 of the Archery World Cup in Paris on Thursday.
The 13th-seeded Indian team received a bye and beat fourth-placed Ukraine 5-1 and Great Britain 6-0 in the quarter-finals. The Indians scored consistently to oust Turkey, who stunned the Korean powerhouse, 5-3 in the semi-finals to set up a title clash with Chinese Taipei.
The eighth-seeded Indian men’s recurve team earned a bye in the first round but lost to Switzerland 5-4 (25-25). The Swiss archers shot closer to the center in the shoot-off.
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Second-placed V.Jyothi Surekha beat Portugal’s Johana Horta de Oliveira 147-133, Italy’s Elisa Bazzichetto 150-141 and Marcella Tonioli 146-144 and Estonia’s Lisell Jaatma 149-148 to qualify for the semi-finals. individual compound women’s finals and stay in the hunt for the medal.
Jyothi will meet local favorite Sophie Dodemont in the last four.
Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar’s journey ended in the second round, while Avneet Kaur lost in the first round.
Abhishek Verma defeated German Sebastian Hamdorf 149-142, American Tate Morgan 146-144 and Slovenian Stas Modic 148-147 before losing to Puerto Rican Jean Pizarro 148-147 in the quarter-finals.
Mohan Bhardwaj lost in the second round, while Aman Saini and Sangampreet Bisla went out in the first round.