- Four Indians proceeded to the third round of the Archery World Cup III
- Atul Verma defeated Chinese Taipei’s Shanghai World Cup gold medallist Deng Yu-Cheng in a thrilling shoot-off
- Atanu Das was defeated by Mexico's Carlos Rojas
Four Indians, Deepika Kumari and Tarundeep Rai included, advanced into the third round of the Archery World Cup Stage III on Wednesday. However, it was not a good news for Atanu Das, who crashed out of the recurve individual section.
This was an impressive show from the Indian archers considering the recent turbulences in the World Cup. The team had missed out on the season’s opener World Cup Stage I in Medellin owing to travel issues, making it the first international appearance. Nonetheless, the Indians are very well in the medal hunt in the compound section as well with Rajat Chauhan and Abhishek Verma making it to round three as well.
The 21-year-old Atul Verma, was a bronze medalist at the 2014 Youth Olympics, was the most impressive of the lot, having shocked Chinese Taipei’s Shanghai World Cup gold medallist Deng Yu-Cheng of in a shoot-off.
After trailing 0-4 post two sets, Verma made a stunning comeback to win the next two sets before the 5th one that saw the two tie at 28-all.
In the thrilling shoot-off, the 2017 World Youth Championship silver medalist held his nerves to edge out his opponent 9-8 to proceed to the next round.
As a result of the unprecedented victory, the archer has now set up a third round clash against the Netherlands World No. 2 Steve Wijler. The archer has been a bronze medalist at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico. Earlier in the tournament, Verma had beat Mongolia’s Gantugs Jantsan by 7-3 in the first round.
Tarundeep, Deepika Win Too
Tarundeep Rai, a former Olympian, also remained in the hunt for the medal, having set up a 3rd round clash with the Japan’s Aoshima Tetsuya. The 17-year-old was a bronze medallist at the 2017 World Youth Championships.
Rai defeated Austria’s Dominik Irrasch 7-3 in the first round before beating Gasper Strajhar of Slovenia in the second round by 6-4.
Former world No. 1 Deepika Kumari put up a strong challenge against the 45-year-old 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist Khatuna Lorig, ultimately beating her by 6-5 (9-7) in the shootoff. She will now be facing Ukraine’s Veronika Marchenko in the third round.
Laishram Bombayla Devi had a comparatively smooth sailing into round three, having defeated Azerbaijan’s Ozay Gasimova and USA’s Mackenzie Brown by identical scores of 6-4. Bombayla will now fight it out against Russia’s Sayana Tsyrempilova.
Das Loses Out
However, it was a disappointing day for India’s No. 1 recurve archer Atanu Das who crashed out in the second round after suffering a 3-7 defeat at the hands of Mexico’s 19-year-old Carlos Rojas.
The world No. 25 started off in a dominating fashion, leading by 2-0. However, a string of inconsistent performances let him down as the Das shot a series of 8s. That gave the Mexican youngster leeway to seize the momentum.