Indian men’s compound archery team wins successive World Cup gold medals

Riding in a serene finish on the third end, the trio of Indian men – Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan – won 232-230 against its French counterparts.

The Indian men’s combined archery team on Saturday dominated France by two points in a tight finish to win the gold medal in consecutive World Cup stages.

In the repeat of the Stage 1 finals, the fourth-ranked men’s team comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan trailed in the top two against their sixth-ranked rivals.

But the trio, riding on a clean finish at the third end, won World Cup Stage 2 gold with a 232-230 win over its French counterparts Adrian Gontier, Jean-Philippe Boulch and Quentin Barre.

In the last World Cup final in Antalya in April, the same Indian trio defeated France by one point.

Indian Star Compound Archer Verma won the bronze medal with Avneet Kaur in a mixed team event from 156-155, beating top seeds Turkish Amirkhan Hani and Ayse Bera Suzar.

For Kaur, this is her second bronze in the team’s first women’s competition.

Starting at 39-all, the sixth-ranked Indian duo trailed by two points (77-79) in the second half (77-79), while its fourth-ranked rivals shot four 10s, including three Xs (close to the middle).

Verma and Kaur reduced the deficit to one point by shooting 39/40 in the third and finished in style with a perfect fourth finish – four 10s including an X.

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