A young Indian team concluded the Asia Cup 2022 stage-1 archery world ranking tournament in Thailand with eight medals - two gold and six silver - on Saturday.
Held at the Surakhun Stadium in the island city of Phuket, the men’s recurve team comprising national champion Parth Salunkhe, Rahul Nagarwal and Dhiraj Bommadevara made amends by winning a team gold after drawing a blank in individual events.
While the Indian men’s recurve team defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 in the final, 19-year-old compound archer Sakshi Chaudhary, who won silver at the world youth championships last year, defeated compatriot Parneet Kaur 142-140 for the yellow metal.
Although India won two gold medals, the Indian contingent will rue the missed opportunities having lost in the other five finals in a depleted field without heavyweights South Korea, China, Japan and Chinese Taipei.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, won three gold medals and a silver to lead the overall standings ahead of India.
The Indian women's recurve team of Ridhi, Tisha Punia and Tanisha Verma lost to Bangladesh in the final 5-4 and settled for silver. Only four teams competed in the event. The Indian team had outscored hosts Thailand 6-2 in the semi-final.
In recurve mixed team event final, Ridhi and Parth Salunkhe also lost to Bangladesh 5-3.
The Indian men’s and women’s compound teams narrowly missed out in the summit clash.
While Rishab Yadav, Priyansh and Prathamesh Jawkar lost to Kazakhstan 232-233, the women's team of Sakshi Chaudhary, Pragati and 15-year-old Aditi Gopichand Swami lost to Thailand 230-231.
In other individual events, Rishabh Yadav missed two arrows in the men's compound final against Iran’s Mohammadsaleh Palizban to lose 126-145.
In an eight-man field, Rishabh Yadav, seeded second, had defeated Bangladesh’s Nawaz Ahmed Rakib 148-144 and Iran’s Sayed Kowsar 148-145 to make it into the final.
Men’s compound archer Prathamesh Jawkar and women’s recurve archer Tisha Punia, also lost their individual bronze medal play-offs.
Big names like Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai, Pravin Jadhav and Abhishek Verma were not competing at the event.
Asia Cup 2022 archery Phuket: India medal winners
Men’s recurve team - Gold
Parth Salunkhe, Rahul Nagarwal and Dhiraj Bommadevara
Individual compound archery - Gold
Individual compound archery - Silver
Women's recurve team - Silver
Ridhi, Tisha Punia and Tanisha Verma
Mixed Recurve team - Silver
Ridhi and Parth Salunkhe
Men’s compound team - Silver
Rishab Yadav, Priyansh, and Prathamesh Jawkar
Women’s compound team - Silver
Sakshi Chaudhary, Pragati and Aditi Gopichand Swami
Individual men's compound - Silver