Asian Games Archery – Indian Women’s Team Creates History




Indian Archery

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Guangzhou, Nov 21: The Indian Women’s team in archery had won first time ever medal, a bronze, after they lost the very close and tight game against the Olympics and World Champions South Korea which was decided by shootout at the Aoti range here today. The trio of Deepika Kumari who was gold medallist in last Commonwealth Games, Dola Banerjee and Rimil Buriuly, lost the thrilling semi-final match against the Koreans by 26-29, after their level of points by 221 to each, when the four regular sets were completed.

Later, when there was competition for bronze medal, Indian women had to face a very tough battle to win that game, as the opponent which was Chinese Taipei, gave a hard fight, and India won the match at last by 218-217. Indian women’s team created history by winning bronze, as it was never achieved before. In the semi-finals Indian women gave a very tough fight to the Koreans, who are always on their toes and never give up until the match is completed, even at one point of time Indians were leading ahead until the Koreans came back strongly and clinched the game.

In the semis the score was this way, the first set was won by Koreans by 56-54, the second belonged to Indians as they won by 56-54, the last and final set gone to the Indians as well who bagged it by 57-55.  However, Indians were able to discontinue the winning performance and lost the fourth and final set by 54-56, and with there was a tie breaker after they were at the same score of 221. In the shootout, Koreans which are well experienced shot 9, 10 and 10 while the Indians shot was 9, 8 and 9 and sadly lost the battle in the end.

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