Stunning show by Tarundeep

TARUNDEEP RAI, the teenaged sensation from Sikkim, now training at the Army Sports Institute in Pune came up with a stunning performance in the third National ranking archery tournament held in Hyderabad recently.

ABHIJIT SEN GUPTA

TARUNDEEP RAI, the teenaged sensation from Sikkim, now training at the Army Sports Institute in Pune came up with a stunning performance in the third National ranking archery tournament held in Hyderabad recently. In the men's FITA round of competitions on the first day Tarundeep came up with a remarkable score of 1334, which was the highest ever scored by any Indian archer. The score could even be ranked among the top 10 in the world. Second placed Majhi Swayn was close behind with a total of 1333.

Chakravolu Swuro upstaged the consistent Dola Banerjee in both the women's FITA and Olympic rounds. -- Pic.H. SATISH-

The women were not far behind as Chakravolu Swuro came up with a score of 1308 and the ever consistent Dola Banerjee for once finished behind Swuro but nevertheless chalked up a commendable score of 1306. In the course of the men's FITA round competitions Majhi Swayn's score of 358 in the 30 metres distance and Satyadev Prasad's 341 in the 50 metres were also laudable efforts.

In the Olympic round also Tarundeep won the men's title. He defeated Shivnath Nagesia of Andhra Pradesh by two matches to nil in the best-of-three-matches final shoot out. Chakravolu Swuro beat Dola Banerjee 2-1 in the women's Olympic round final.

Tarundeep Rai bagged a double, winning the men's FITA and Olympic round titles. — Pic. H. SATISH-

There seems to have been a sudden jump in the performances of Indian archers in recent times and Anil Kamineni, Secretary of the Archery Association of India (AAI) attribues this to several factors which have combined to give the sport a big boost.

For one thing he says that the number of tournaments being conducted throughout the country have increased substantially of late. As an example Kamineni says that the AAI proposes to conduct eight ranking tournaments throughout the country (Hyderabad was the third in the series, the earlier ones were conducted in Kolkata and Amristsar). At the end of the eight tournaments, the top three ranked archers will get the honour of representing India in the Athens Olympics.

The men's team winners — from left — Nandakishore, Rajesh and Mangal Singh. — Pic. H. SATISH-

At the end of the Hyderabad leg, Tarundeep Rai led the ranking table with 214.28 points followed by Satyadev Prasad of Jharkhand who was second with 193.57 points and Majhi Swayn was in third place with 126.65 points. Among the women Dola Banerjee leads the pack with 95.43 followed by Chakravolu Swuro with 81.8 and Reena Kumari of Jharkand with 69.26 respectively.

Moreover these meets carry prize money totalling Rs. 1.75 lakhs and this has also been a big motivation for the archers. The winners in the Hyderabad meet got about Rs. 14,500 and there were prizes upto 16th place. Then another factor is the top class coaching that is being provided for the top archers. Foreign coaches from Korea and elsewhere have been brought in to train and develop the talented youngsters along the right lines and clearly these efforts have borne fruit.

Dola Banerjee, Reena Kumari and Chakravolu Swuro formed the team which won the women's title. — Pic. H. SATISH-

The results:

FITA round: (read under total, 90 mts, 70 mts, 50 mts and 30 mts):

Men: 1. Tarundeep Rai (ASI) 1334 (308, 332, 339, 355); 2. Majhi Swayn (ASI) 1333 ( 312, 329, 334, 358); 3. Satyadev Prasad (Jharkhand) 1315 (301, 331, 341, 342).

Women: 1. Chakravolu Swuro (Nagaland) 1308 ( 315, 326, 324, 343); 2. Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand) 1306 (315, 329, 315, 347); 3. Reena Kumari (Jharkhand) 1288 (322, 306, 315, 345).

Olympic rounds:

Men's individual final: Tarundeep Rai (ASI) bt Shivnath Nagesia (AP) 2-0 ; For third place: Kailash (UP) bt Vishwas (ASI) 2-0.

Women's individual final: Chakravolu Swuro (Nagaland) bt Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand) 2-1; For third place: Reena Kumari (Jharkhand) bt Bhagyabati Chanu (Jharkhand) 2-0.

Team finals:

Men: Mangal Singh, Rajesh and Nandakishore bt Harish, Vishwas and Shivnath Nagesia 2-0. For third place : Gurucharan, Ved Kumar and Limba Ram bt Tarundeep Rai, Majhi Swayn and Satyadev Prasad 2-1.

Women: Dola Banerjee, Chakravolu Swuro and Reena Kumari bt Sumangala, Bhagyabati Chanu and Bansara Lin Dhar 2-1. For third place: Sakro Besra, Mandavi and Devasri Deshmukh bt Mamata, Renu and Naomi Laloo 2-0.