Fazza Para Archery: India's archers put up an impressive show with five medals in kitty

India finished third on the medal's tally behind Turkey and Russia

By Samrat Chakraborty

Rakesh Kumar emerged victorious over compatriot Shyam Sundar Swami to clinch Gold in the Compound Men Open event, as India wrapped up two gold and three silver medals at the 7th Fazza Para Archery World Ranking Championships – Dubai 2021.

Kumar was on the front foot right from the word go and maintained his performance in all five rounds to win the match 143-135.

“It was a good learning experience here. Now we go back and train to shoot in windy condition. We will be back here again for the World Para Archery Championships. Our preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games continues," said Swami in a Paralympic Committee of India media release.

On the final day, apart from Kumar and Swami, Jyoti Baliyan claimed a silver in the Compound Women's Open event.

Russia's Stepanida Artakhinova defeated her after an intense battle in the final. At the end of four rounds, the scores were tied 101-101. However, in the fifth, she fell short by two points as the Russian athlete edged her 130-128.

“I tried hard but shot badly in the end. However, I am happy to take the silver and some experience from here. I will look to secure a quota from the last qualifying event at the Czech Republic,” said Baliyan.

Previously, para-archers Harvinder Singh and Pooja won the Recurve Open Mixed Team gold. They defeated Turkey 5-4 in the final.

Coach Anil Joshi was elated with India's performance and stated that the event provided the athletes with a good platform to test their mettle.

“This event was important as part of our preparation for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The team will work on their weaknesses now.”

Turkey stood atop the medal tally with three gold, two silver and three bronze, whereas Russia ended with three gold and one silver.