Sunday, August 2, 2015

Chauhan bags historic silver in World Archery Championship::

Copenhagen : Rajat Chauhan earned
India its first-ever individual medal in
the World Archery Championships when
the compound marksman bagged a
silver after going down to home
favourite Stephan Hansen in the final
here on 1Aug.
The 2014 Asian Games team gold
medalist, Chauhan, was going neck and
neck till the third set when he shot a
poor 8 and 9 as Hansen gained a three-
point lead before wrapping up the issue
147-143 in a fiercely contested
individual men's compound final next to
the iconic Christiansborg Palace.
India thus opened their account in the
ongoing World Archery Championship
where they had never won any
individual medal.
Women's recurve team of Deepika
Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and
Laishram Bombayla Devi had won India
a World Championship medal in 2011.
India have two more medal prospects in
the recurve section tomorrow when the
women's team of Deepika Kumari, Rimil
Buriuly and Laxmirani Majhi will vie for
the gold medal against their opponents
from Russia.
Laxmirani will be eying a second medal
from the meet when she competes
against Misun Choi of Korea in the
bronze play-off.
In a battle between two 20-year-olds,
Chauhan put pressure on the reigning
youth world champion as he matched
the local lad by shooting two perfect
10s and one nine in the first set.
The second set was no different as both
of them shot two 10s each en route to
totalling 58-58.
"I was very nervous especially in the
first two ends but I surely got over my
nerves," an elated Hansen said as he
rounded up a perfect 30 in the third set
to snatch a 88-85 lead.