Tokyo Paralympics bronze medallist Harvinder Singh and Pooja have bagged quota places in recurve men and women open categories as India has collected a total of six archery quota places so far in the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
At the World archery para championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on Friday, Harvinder, who got a bye, beat Georgian Giorgi Managdze 6-0 and Azerbaijan’s Jahan Musayev 6-4 before losing 1-7 to Indonesia’s Kholidin in the pre-quarterfinals. He finished ninth to qualify for the Paralympics.
Pooja, who received a first round bye but went down against Italy’s Veronica Florence 2-6, grabbed an opportunity as she beat Korean Jo Jang Moon 6-5 (10-7) to place fourth in the secondary tournament and book a ticket to Paris.
Earlier, four Indian compound archers had secured quota places. The mixed team of Rakesh Kumar and Sarita reached the final to qualify.
Sheetal Devi (16), who shoots with her feet, overcame three opponents before getting past top-ranked compatriot Sarita 137-133 in the semifinals and setting up a title clash with Turkey’s Oznur Cure. She also earned a quota place.
Sarita scored 697 (previous 696) out of a maximum of 720 points to set three world records, including a mixed team record with Rakesh and women’s doubles record with Sheetal apart from the individual mark.
Shyam Sundar Swami, who took second place in the secondary tournament, was the other Indian to qualify for the mega event.
The qualified para-archers:
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