Sukhbeer stars as India bags a bronze in World Archery Youth Championships

Indian junior compound men’s team won a bronze while Sukhbeer Singh assured himself of a second medal in the World Archery Youth Championships on Friday.

The Indian team will face Switzerland for a gold on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Indian junior compound men’s team won a bronze while Sukhbeer Singh assured himself of a second medal in the World Archery Youth Championships on Friday.

Playing in his first international event, Sukhbeer helped India open its medal account when he teamed up with Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Tushar Phadtare to shoot a flawless final round and beat Colombia 234-231 for the bronze.

Trailing by one point till the penultimate end, the Indian trio made a spectacular recovery, shooting 60 out of 60 with two Xs (closer to centre) to defeat Colombia’s Jagdeep Teji Singh Mejia, Gomez Zuluaga Felipe and Toro Vasquez Manuel who scored 56.

Sukhbeer also assured himself of at least a silver when he partnered Raginee Markoo to defeat Iranian duo of Geesa Bybordy and Danial Heidarzadehdehkordi 154-151 in the semifinal of compound junior mixed pair event.

The Indian team will face Switzerland for a gold on Saturday. “It is a special day for me as it is my first international event. I will be shooting for a gold medal and I have already won bronze. I am so excited,” Sukhbeer said.

On Thursday, 17-year-old Komalika Bari reached the final in the recurve cadet section.

Bari will face Sonoda Waka of Japan in the fight for the gold on Sunday.

India, however, suffered heartbreak in the compound cadet mixed team and recurve cadet mixed team events, losing in their respective bronze play-offs.

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