Archery World Cup Gwangju: India finish with five medals

Four of the five medals – one gold, one silver and three bronze - were won by the compound archers while the recurve contingent clinched just one bronze.

By Aarish Ansari
Picture by World Archery

The Indian men’s compound team, featuring Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini, defeated France to win the gold medal at the Archery World Cup 2022 stage 2 in Gwangju on Saturday.

This was the Indian trio’s second straight World Cup gold after clinching the top spot in Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey. Interestingly, France were on the losing side then as well.

In Gwangju, India came back from behind to outscore the French team of Quentin Baraer, Jean Phillipe Boulch and Adrien Gontier 232-230 for the gold medal.

Former Asian champion Abhishek Verma also won the compound mixed team bronze with Avneet Kaur. The Indian pair beat Turkey’s Emircan Haney and Ayse Suzer 156-155 in the third-place play-off.

India could have added another gold to their tally but Mohan Bhardwaj fell short in the individual men’s compound final, going down to top seed Mike Schloesser. Mohan, who was 42nd after the qualification round, lost 141-149 in the decider.

The three medals on Saturday took India’s final tally at the stage 2 of the Archery World Cup 2022 to five.

Earlier, women’s compound team comprising Avneet Kaur, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar and the women’s recurve team of Ridhi, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat had won a bronze each.

India’s individual recurve archers, however, failed to get on the podium. Jayanta Talukdar was the only one to reach the top eight in the men’s recurve.

Archery World Cup 2022 Gwangju: India’s medal winners

Gold - Men’s compound team (Abhishek Verman, Aman Saini, Rajat Chauhan)

Silver - Men’s individual compound (Mohan Bhardwaj)

Bronze - Mixed compound team (Abhishek Verman, Avneet Kaur)

Bronze - Women’s compound team (Avneet Kaur, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar)

Bronze - Women’s recurve team (Ridhi, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat)

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