Deepika, Atanau  bag individual titles

It was a tough match but I enjoyed playing tough matches and winning it. I will now concentrate on the forthcoming Asian Games to be held in South Korea in 2014 Deepika Kumari India Archer

Jamshedpur: Top ranked women recurve archer Deepika Kumari (Jharkhand) retained the individual title, while in the men’s section Atanau Das (PSPB) emerged winner in the Individual Olympic Round of the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports complex here today.

Deepika, Atanau  bag individual titles

Former international Jhanu Hansdah (Jharkhand) and international archer Rajat Chouhan (Rajasthan) became women and men national champions in the compound section of the championship.Deepika beat V Praneetha (Gujarat) in the final 604 set to become national champion for the sixth time on the trot.

“It was a tough match against Praneetha but I enjoyed playing tough matches and winning it,” Deepika said.”I will now concentrate on the forthcoming Asian Games to be held in South Korea in 2014,” she added.Reena Kumar (Jharkhand) finished third. In the men’s section, a 38-year-old Muniram Tirkey (SSCB), a 1999 national champion, put up a stiff challenge to Das, who maintained the lead right from the start and did not allow the armyman to surge ahead.

Das defeated Tirkey, a native of West Bengal, 6-4, while Churucharan Besra (Bihar) trounced Gurucharan Singh (Jharkhand) to claim the bronze. Jharkhand with 10 gold, two silver and five bronze topped the medal chart followed by SSCB with three gold, three silver and three bronze.

Punjab with one gold, three silver and four bronze settled for the third spot.Olympian pair of Jayanta Talukdar and Deepika Kumari (Jharkhand) also won the recurve mixed team event defeating Sanjay Boro and Mainaw Narzary (Assam) 151-139, while Lovejot Singh and Mdhu (Punjab) clinched the bronze.

In the team event, Jharkhand women comprising of Deepika Kumari, Reena Kumari, Sita Rani Tudu and Asha Rani Horo shot 203 points to lead the charge pushing Punjab’s archers Madhu, Preeti, Priyanka and Komal Sharma, who scored 202.

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