In the bronze medal play-offs, India will take on lower ranked Germany
Berlin : The Indian men’s compound team remained in fray for a bronze medal, even as all the recurve archers continued to misfire at the World Cup Stage 4.
The fifth seeded Indian trio of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Amanjeet Singh started their campaign by defeating Spain 228-222 before getting the better of 13th seeded Sweden team 231-229 in quarterfinals.
However, they failed to overcome the top seed USA and lost 228-233 in the semi-finals to make it to the third-fourth place play-off match.
The compound women’s team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Trisha Deb and Snehal Mandhare, seeded third, got a bye to reach the quarterfinals. But they lost to 11th seed South Africa 28-29 in a nail-biting finish in the shoot-off.
The compound mixed pair team also went down in the quarterfinals, against Mexico 149-156.
In the compound individual section, only Verma and Jyothi could reach the last-eight rounds, while all others made early exits.
Sixth seed Verma lost to third seed Braden Gellenthien of USA 146-148, while fifth seed Jyothi was stunned by 13th seed Sarah Sonnichsen of Denmark 145-147.
Meanwhile, Indian recurve archers came up with dismal performance once again.
It has been more than year — Stage 3 Antalya, June 2016 — when India won a World Cup medal in recurve section and the woeful form extended to Berlin as well with both men and women’s teams making quarterfinal exits.
The 18-year-old Sachin Gupta, playing in his second World Cup, showed a lot of promise as he thrashed two-time Olympic team silver medallist Jake Kaminski of USA 6-0. But the Haryana youngster’s fine run was halted in the quarterfinals by Crispin Duenas of Canada.
Gupta had a poor start and trailed 0-4. Even though he tried to regain the lost momentum with a good effort in the third set, where he shot three perfect 10s including two X (closest to centre), the third seeded Canadian used all his experience to eke out a 6-2 result.
Former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari also made a good start with a third-place finish in the qualification round, but was also eliminated in the last-eight stage.
The only bright spot for the Indian top archer was when she ousted 2012 London Olympics silver medallist Aida Roman of Mexico 7-3 in round three.
Deepika next defeated Bryony Pitman of Britain 6-2 but could not get past Korean sixth seed Chae Young Kang, losing 2-6.
India’s best hope in recurve section was the second seed women’s team. But the Indian eves fell by the wayside in the quarters along with the men’s team.
Making a comeback after more than a year, India’s senior most archer Tarundeep Rai could not overcome USA’s three-time Olympic medallist Brady Ellison in a tight round three battle.
The duo were locked 5-5 after the fourth set and Ellison sealed the issue 9-8 in the shoot-off.
India’s World Cup campaign so far has produced one team gold (Shanghai Stage 1) and one mixed team bronze (Antalya Stage 2) — all in the compound sections.