Indian Compound Men’s Team Stun USA and South Korea will advance to the final
India’s men’s compound archery team produced stunning performances to overwhelm the United States and powerhouse South Korea in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, and secure a silver medal at Stage 2 of the Archery World Cup on Wednesday. (More sports news)
Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan exceeded expectations to upset USA 234-228 in the quarter-finals before overcoming South Korea in the play-off to seal their place in the title clash, where they will face world number 4. France.
Later, the women’s compound team of Avneet Kaur, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar suffered a two-point loss to South Korea in the semi-finals but managed to claim bronze by beating Turkey. 232-231.
The biggest shock came earlier in the day in the men’s compound team event when India’s trio of Abhishek, Aman and Rajat beat the United States in the one-sided quarter-final.
Continuing their run to the death, the Indians then rebounded from a two-point halftime deficit to oust the Korean trio of Kim Jongho, Choi Yonghee and Yang Jaewon in a 233-233 (29-26) play-off to secure themselves. qualify for the final.
After starting with a one-point lead (59-58) in the semifinals, the Indians found the going difficult and lost the next two ends to find themselves trailing 174-176. In the fourth end, they edged the Koreans 59-57 to tie the score at 233-233.
In the play-off, the top-seeded Koreans crumbled under pressure, shooting one into the outer red circle (7) as the Indians shot two Xs (closest to center) to confirm at least one medal silver. India had started their campaign with a 235-229 win over Italy in the round of 16 in the compound men’s section.
In the women’s compound team event, the Indians, who earned a bye to the quarter-finals, started by defeating Chinese Taipei 228-226. But in the semifinals, they lost to Korea 228-230.