Archery World Cup: Indian men's team won gold medal, created history by defeating Olympic champion Korea

The Indian men's recurve team on Sunday achieved a historic victory in the Archery World Cup after 14 years by defeating defending Olympic champions South Korea. This is the first win for the Indian men's recurve team in a World Cup final, which will boost their chances of qualifying for the Paris Olympics.

The trio of Dheeraj, Tarundeep and Praveen showed excellent composure and defeated the strong Korean players without losing a set. Tarundeep, 40, is an army man and one of the gold medal winners at the fourth Shanghai World Cup in August 2010. Then the recurve team of Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep and Jayant had defeated the Japanese team. In the match between the top two seeded players of the tournament, India won 5-1 (57-57, 57-55, 55-53). This is India's fifth gold medal in this World Cup.

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After such a brilliant result, the recurve mixed team of Ankita Bhakta and Dheeraj also increased India's happiness by winning the bronze medal. The Indian pair defeated Mexican pair Alejandra Valencia and Matias Grande 6-0 (35-31, 38-35, 39-37). Veteran Deepika Kumari failed to produce her best performance in the women's individual recurve final after taking a break from the competition following motherhood. He will have to be happy with the silver medal.

The former world number one started the tournament at a very low position after being seeded 30th. She defeated two Korean players in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, but lost in the final to Deepika Hangzhou Asian Games in straight sets 6–0 (26–27, 27–29, 27–28). Conference champion Lin Shixian. Deepika got off to a bad start in the championship match when her second arrow hit the seven-point ring.

Lin, a 20-year-old novice archer, won the gold medal after losing just one point in the second set. India has won eight medals (five gold, two silver and one bronze) in the global competition. In the men's team final, the Indian team faced South Korea, both of whose players are gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics. Besides gold medalists Kim Woo-jin and Kim Jae-duk, Lee Woo-suk is the third member of the South Korean team.rummy

The Indian pair showed patience and equalized South Korea's lead by scoring 10 points in the first set. It consists of three targets, each with nine points and two X's (near the center of the target). In this set both the teams scored 57-57 points. India's brilliant play put the pressure on South Korea, whose archers hit two eight-pointers. In contrast, the Indian team shot four shots, including six arrows and three crosses, and scored 10 points, winning the second set 57–55 to go ahead 3–1.

The Korean team's performance further declined in the third set and they could score only 53 points. Indian archers competed patiently and scored 55 points to win the men's team title for the first time since 2010. Previously, the women's team had defeated South Korea twice at the 2013 World Cup, in the third leg in Medellín in July and the fourth leg in Wrocław in August. Former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Rahul Banerjee, who was part of the 2010 Shanghai Olympics-winning team, said: "People always get nervous when South Korea reaches the final. But now no one doubts our ability to beat them. Can. Ability."

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India (231 points) are currently third in the world rankings behind China (241 points) and top-ranked South Korea (340 points), and are in a good position entering the Paris Olympics. Earlier on Saturday, Indian compound archers had won gold medals in men's, women's and mixed team events. Reigning Asian Games champion Jyothi Surekha Vennam won her fourth gold medal in the women's individual compound category, while Priyansh won his first World Cup silver medal in the men's individual compound category.

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