Archery World Cup: Indian men’s recurve team wins silver

Antayla: The Indian men’s recurve team signed off with a silver medal after going down to China by the thinnest of margins in a shoot-off at the Archery World Cup Stage 1, here on Sunday.

In pursuit of their first World Cup gold medal since 2010, the men’s recurve team, comprising Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Dhiraj Bommadevara, bounced back from being 0-4 down to level and force a shoot-off.

But the trio went down 4-5 (54-55, 50-56, 59-58, 56-55, 28-28*) with the Chinese team of Li Zhongyuan, Qi Xiangshuo and Wei Shahoxu hitting an X (closer to the centre) in the shoot-off in a dramatic finish.

India took home the fourth set as well, thanks to an eight from China with their final shot, to force a shoot-off.

The shoot-off ended with both India and China level at a score of 28, but the latter took home the gold medal in their first World Cup appearance in over four years with an inner-ten.

While this contest brings an end to Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai’s campaign in Antalya, Dheeraj will be in action in men’s individual recurve semifinal later on Sunday.