Led by Atanu Das, Indian archers bagged three bronze medals today and also ensured at least three silver medals, at the ongoing Asian Championship at Bangkok. The Indian archers are competing in the tournament as neutral athletes under the World Archery flag due to the suspension of the national federation, Archery Association of India, AAI. Das first clinched a bronze in the men’s recurve individual event in the morning. He beat Jin Hayek Oh of Korea 6-5 in the shoot-off in the bronze medal contest.
Das teamed up with senior pro-Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar to beat China 6-2 in the bronze medal tie. He had won a bronze in the recurve mixed team competition with Deepika Kumari yesterday. The Indian recurve women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Ankita Bhakat defeated Japan 5-1 to clinch another bronze medal for the country. The trio had earlier lost to heavyweights Korea 6-2 in the semifinals.
The Indian archers also stormed into the finals of three compound events scheduled to be held tomorrow. Top seeds Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Mohan Bharadwaj prevailed over Iran 229-221 to set up a gold medal clash against second seed Korea in the compound men’s team event. Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar beat Iran 227-221 to storm into compound women’s team final, where they will be up against top seed Korea. The compound mixed pair of Verma and Jyothi are already in the final, where they will clash against Chinese Taipei.