Sat, 21 May 2022 07:43 PM IST
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The Indian men's compound team bagged gold after outscoring France at the Archery World Cup 2022 stage 2 in Gwangju on Saturday.
The compound men's team final saw India's Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, and Aman Saini defeating the French trio of Quentin Baraer, Jean Philippe Boulch, and Adrien Gontier by 232-230 for the gold medal.
This was the Indian trio's second straight World Cup gold after clinching the top spot in Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey. Interestingly, France were on the losing side then as well.
Abhishek Verma also won the compound mixed team bronze with Avneet Kaur. The Indian duo defeated Turkey's Emircan Haney and Ayse Suzer 156-155 in the third-place play-off.
In the individual men's compound final, Netherlands' Mike Schloesser defeated India's Mohan Ramswaroop Bhardwaj. Mister Perfect dropped just one arrow, his first, out of the middle, to win, 149-141.
The three medals on Saturday took India's final tally at stage 2 of the Archery World Cup 2022 in Gwangju to five.
India began the day with the men's compound team dishing out a superb fightback to prevail over France 232-230 to win the gold medal.
In a repeat of the Stage 1 final, the fourth-seeded men's team, comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan, found itself trailing against its sixth-seed rivals in the first two ends.
But riding on an immaculate finish in the third end the trio sealed a 232-230 win over its French counterparts Adrien Gontier, Jean Philippe Boulch and Qentin Baraer to win the World Cup Stage 2 gold.
In the last World Cup final at Antalya in April, the same Indian trio had defeated France by one-point.
"It's our second consecutive win (this season). We were the best in Turkey and we proved it again. We are very happy about that," Verma said.
"We know the strategy of France and we know their potential. We changed our strategy after the third round and it helped up," Chauhan pointed out.
Earlier, the women's compound team comprising of Avneet Kaur, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar and the women's recurve team of Ridhi, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat had won a bronze each.
(With inputs from ANI, PTI)