Archery World Cup: Women’s compound team reaches final

India shocks top seed Turkey to set up a gold medal match against France.

File Photo: Trisha Deb (in picture), Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Muskan did not buckle under pressure after a tied opening set.   -  Sandeep Saxena

India’s women compound team — Trisha Deb, Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Muskan Kirar — shocked top seed Turkey to storm into the final of the Archery World Cup Stage Four in Berlin on Thursday.

The three did not buckle under pressure after a tied opening set to beat the fancied Turkey 231-228. The victory has set up a gold medal clash against France on Saturday.

Qualified as fifth seed, India pipped Great Britain by one point in the opening round, while in the second round it prevailed over higher-ranked USA 232-228 for its second final appearance in three months. Indian women’s team had lost to Chinese Taipei to settle for a silver in the Antalya leg of the World Cup in May this year.

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India is also in contention for a medal in the mixed pair events of both recurve and compound sections as it advanced to the second round.

Earlier, compound archer Abhishek Verma sealed a berth in the World Cup Finals but made a third round exit, losing to 35th seed Akbarali Karabayev of Kazakhstan. Both were tied 138-all before Verma lost in the shoot off.

Deepika capitulates

It was a forgettable day for former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari, who was shown the door by Japanese Kawanaka Kaori 6-0 in the third round. Indian women’s team — Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Promila Daimary — led 2-0 against the top seeded Korean team before it fell by the wayside in the shoot-off.

The Korean team of Chang Hye Jin, Kang Chae Young and Jung Dasomi won back-to-back sets to trail past the Indians who won the fourth set to make it four-all. In the shoot-off, Korean clinched it 28-27 shooting two perfect 10s.

Indian compound team made a second-round exit, going down to France 230-231. In the compound women’s individual section, Trisha Deb was pipped by Marcella Tonioli of Italy via shoot off after they were locked 141-all.

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