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Indian men’s compound team enters bronze play-offs

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Berlin: The Indian men's compound team remained in fray for a bronze medal, even as all the recurve archers continued to misfire at the World Cup Stage 4 here today. The fifth seeded Indian trio of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Amanjeet Singh started their campaign by defeating Spain 228-222 before getting the better of 13th seeded Sweden team 231-229 in quarterfinals.

However, they failed to overcome the top seed USA and lost 228-233 in the semi-finals to make it to the third-fourth place play-off match.

In the bronze medal play-offs, India will take on lower ranked Germany tomorrow.

The compound women's team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Trisha Deb and Snehal Mandhare, seeded third, got a bye to reach the quarterfinals. But they lost to 11th seed South Africa 28-29 in a nail-biting finish in the shoot-off.

The compound mixed pair team also went down in the quarterfinals, against Mexico 149-156. In the compound individual section, only Verma and Jyothi could reach the last-eight rounds, while all others made early exits.

Sixth seed Verma lost to third seed Braden Gellenthien of USA 146-148, while fifth seed Jyothi was stunned by 13th seed Sarah Sonnichsen of Denmark 145-147.

Meanwhile, Indian recurve archers came up with dismal performance once again.

It has been more than year -- Stage 3 Antalya, June 2016 -- when India won a World Cup medal in recurve section and the woeful form extended to Berlin as well with both men and women's teams making quarterfinal exits.

The 18-year-old Sachin Gupta,  in his second World Cup, showed a lot of promise as he thrashed two-time Olympic team silver medallist Jake Kaminski of USA 6-0. But the Haryana youngster's fine run was halted in the quarterfinals by Crispin Duenas of Canada. Gupta had a poor start and trailed 0-4. Even though he tried to regain the lost momentum with a good effort in the third set, where he shot three perfect 10s including two X (closest to centre) he failed.

third seeded Canadian used all his experience to eke out a 6-2 result.

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