Archery WC stage 2: Indian men's compound team win successive World Cup gold medals

In a repeat of the Stage 1 final, the fourth-seeded men's team, comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan, found itself trailing against its sixth-seed rivals in the first two ends.

Abhishek Verma in action.   -  World Archery Federation via Getty Images

Indian compound archers performed well to pick up three more medals in the Archery World Cup Stage-2 in Gwangju, Korea, on Saturday.

The men’s team clinched the second successive gold medal this year, while the mixed team collected the bronze medal. Mohan Bhardwaj secured his maiden World Cup medal as he finished with a silver in the men’s individual competition.

In a repeat of the World Cup Stage-1 final in Antalya in April last, the fourth-ranked Indian men's team of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan defeated sixth-placed France, consisting of Adrien Gontier, Jean Philippe Boulch and Quentin Baraer, 232-230 for the top honour.

India, which trailed by a point after two ends, emerged as the better side in the last two ends to claim the gold.

Abhishek combined with Avneet Kaur to beat Turkey's Ayse Bera Suzer and Emircan Haney 156-155 to take the mixed team bronze. The Indians scored a perfect 40 to overtake the Turkey archers in the last end.

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Bhardwaj rallied to shoot a perfect 30 in the final end and shock reigning World champion Nico Wiener of Austria 143-141 in the semifinals.

However, he lost to Netherlands' former World champion Mike Schloesser 149-141 in the compound men's individual final to take the silver medal. Schloesser got perfect scores of 30 each in the last four ends to prevail over Bhardwaj.

Earlier, the Indian women had bagged bronze medals in compound and recurve team events.

India finished with a total of five medals in the second stage.

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