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Asia Cup: Indian compound archers bag gold in men’s, mixed team events; Deepika, Tarundeep in recurve finals

Baghdad (Iraq), Feb 24 2024-

India won gold medals in both men’s compound and mixed team events and are set to dominate the recurve section at the Asia Cup 2024 archery stage-1 world ranking tournament in Baghdad, Iraq while the three individual finals in both recurve and compound sections will be all-Indian affairs.

The Indian men’s compound team, comprising Prathamesh Jawkar, Priyansh and Kushal Dalal, won the gold medal on Saturday, beating the Iranian team of Armin Pakzad, Arash Ghasemipour and Radrezvan Behnia 232-229 in the gold medal match.

India, the top seed, beat Iraq in the semi-finals earlier after receiving a bye in the quarter-finals. Bangladesh won the bronze medal in the event, defeating the hosts.

In the Compound Mixed Team competition, Prathamesh Jawkar and Aditi Swami combined to win the gold, again beating a pair from Iran 159-157 in the final.

The women’s compound team of Aditi Swami, Priya Gurjar and Parneet Kaur, however, had to settle for the silver medal after losing to Iran 223-229 in the final.

India have a chance to sweep all the gold medals in recurve archery on Sunday as three of the four have Indians on both sides. Parneet Kaur in the Compound Women Final will be the only one who will not be facing a compatriot and will instead face an Iranian archer.

Olympian Deepika Kumari hogged the limelight as she made it to the Recurve Women’s Final on her return to international competitions post motherhood. She will take on compatriot Simranjeet Kaur in the final on Sunday. In the Recurve Men’s Final, World Champion Dhiraj Bommadevara will face seasoned Tarundeep Rai in the final after they came out through the semifinals.

The other all-Indian summit clash will pit Prathamesh Jawkar against compatriot Kushal Dalal in the Compound Men’s Final while in the Compound Women’s Final, India’s Parneet Kaur will face Iran’s Fatemeh.

India are also competing in all three recurve archery team finals – women’s, men’s and mixed team. (Agency)

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