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Indian men in archery World Cup final

Source: PTI
September 03, 2010 21:03 IST
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The Indian men's team erased bitter memory of the past by ousting hosts China in the semi-final and sailing into the final of the recurve event in the Archery World Cup Stage IV, in Shanghai, on Friday.

India face Japan in the summit-clash for the gold medal on Saturday.

The Indian team, comprising Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee, sealed a final berth after a thumping 222-214 win over China, according to the Archery Association of India (AAI).

The men's team had returned empty-handed from the World Cup Stage III at Ogden after losing the quarter-final to the hosts, USA.

This time, India's first round victim was Great Britain, one of the strong contenders at the Commonwealth Games. They notched a 218-215 victory.

Incidentally, India beat the United States 225-208 in the quarter-final to avenge their loss in the last edition.

Japan shocked World champion Korea 224-216 to make the final.

Meanwhile, the Indian women's recurve side, comprising Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Dola Banerjee, went down to Japan 212-213 in the initial round.

The women's trio had won silver at Ogden.

In the compound section, the men's team of C Srither, Ch Jagnas and Ritul Chatterjee, were ousted by Malaysia 218-224.

The women's outfit of Jhano Hansdah, Bheigyabati Chanu and Gagandeep Kaur made a quarter-final exit after going down to the USA 218-226.

The women's trio defeated New Zealand 216-200 in their opening round clash.

The Indian recurve mixed pair of Talukdar and Deepika, seeded third, lost to 14th seeds Mexico 142-145.

The compound duo of K Ratan Singh and Hansdah, ranked 10th, ousted Italy 153-151 in the first round but lost to the US 150-154 in the last eight.

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