Archery World Cup Stage 1: Tarundeep-Ridhi win recurved mixed team gold

Indian duo of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi beat Great Britain in a thrilling final to win recurve mixed team gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey.

Indian duo of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi beat Great Britain in a thrilling final to win recurve mixed team gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

The Indian duo of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi edged out Great Britain's Alex Wise and Bryony Pitman in a shoot-off to win the recurve mixed team gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage-1 in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday.

India returned two gold medals, including the one in the compound men’s team competition, in the event.

 

The 38-year-old Tarundeep and his 17-year-old partner Ridhi twice came from behind to make it 4-4 (35-37, 36-33, 39-40, 38-37) and push the title clash to a shoot-off.

The fifth-ranked Indian pair won the shoot-off 18-17 to register a 5-4 victory.

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This was Tarundeep's first World Cup medal after eight years. Earlier, he was part of a gold medal winning combination in 2010.

“This was the first time we were paired together. Ridhi has a bright future. It has been a great experience with her and I wish every time we shoot, the Indian team wins gold,” Tarundeep told World Archery.

“Winning a World Cup title is a kind of milestone and this experience will really help us win a medal in the Asian Games.”

For Ridhi, who made her World Cup debut, this was her best performance at the elite level.

“I was so very excited to play here at the final and this was my best ever performance in a senior tournament,” said Ridhi.

India last won a mixed team gold medal last year when Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari claimed the title in Guatemala City.

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