The Indian men’s recurve team clinched a silver medal after losing to China in a shoot-off at the Archery World Cup Stage 1, on Sunday.
In the quest for their first World Cup gold medal since 2010, the men’s recurve team, comprising Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, and Dhiraj Bommadevara, bounced back from being 0-4 down to level and force a shoot-off. But the team went down 4-5 (54-55, 50-56, 59-58, 56-55, 28-28*) with the Chinese team of Li Zhongyuan, Qi Xiangshuo, and Wei Shahoxu hitting an X in the shoot-off in a dramatic finish.
With a sow beginning, Team India buckled up in the third set to drill in a series of five 10s including three Xs. China then snapped under pressure in the fourth set which India won by a one-point margin.
Back in 2014, India came close to winning the World Cup twice in Stage 2 Medellin and Stage 4 Wroclaw, but on both occasions, they lost. India has so far bagged five gold medals in the men’s recurve team event.