Indian archers end campaign without a medal
Berlin, August 12 (PTI): Indian archers ended their campaign at the World Cup Stage 4 without a medal as men’s compound team went down to lower-ranked Germany to lose out on a third-place finish here on Saturday. The third seeded Indian team comprising Abshisek Verma, Aman Saini and Amanjeet Singh lost 225-227 to Germany, seeded fifth, in a bronze medal play-off match. This was the last stage of the Archery World Cup and the Indian team returned empty-handed.
India’s World Cup campaign has produced one team gold (Shanghai Stage 1) and one mixed team bronze (Antalya Stage 2) — all in the compound sections. The recurve archers have failed to win a single medal. The Indian men’s compound team carried sole medal hopes on Saturday after rest of the Indians failed to progress beyond quarterfinals. Both India and Germany were locked 57-all after the first end but the Germans produced a stunning second end to take a 115-111 lead.
The team of Henrik Hornung, Marcel Trachsel and Marcus Laube shot four perfect 10s out of a possible six, including three X (closest to the centre). India shot a 58 in the third end but it was not enough to curtail the deficit and Germany still enjoyed a three-point lead. They eventually sealed the issue in the fourth end.