Archery World Cup Stage 2: Indian women's team wins recurve bronze

Ankita Bhakat in action during the 2021 Archery World Championships Dean Alberga/Handout/World Archery Federation via Getty Images

The Indian women's archery team won a bronze in the recurve section to take India's medals' tally to three in the World Cup Stage 2 at Gwangju, South Korea on Thursday.

On a day when the Indian men's team made a quarterfinal exit going down to lower-ranked France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat defeated Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54-51, 54-55, 55-54) in a one-sided bronze medal play-off encounter.

Displaying a consistent show, the trio drilled in three perfect 10s and eight 9s from the first 12 arrows to cruise to a 4-0 lead.

Two arrows (8-8) in the inner red circle cost them the third set but they bounced back strongly in the fourth to wrap the issue with one X and five 9s.

The Indian women's team had to fight for a bronze after they lost out to home favourites Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53) in the semi-final.

India suffered from inconsistency in the semifinal and only time they could up their game was in the second set where they had a spectacular show of four 10s including one X and one 9.

But in the fourth set, they misfired an arrow, while another shot in the red-ring (7) snuffed out any chance of a fight, even as the Koreans managed 53.

Earlier, a new look men's team which had the experienced duo of Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar along with debutant Neeraj Chauhan, lost to 15th-seeds France 2-6 (54-57, 55-52, 53-55, 47-53).

The seventh-seeded men's team had two 8s in the first set and put up an improved show to win the second but they slipped again and were eliminated in the fourth set, where they shot twice in the red rings (8-7) and once in the blue-ring (6).

On Wednesday, the men's compound team stormed into the final, while the women's team won a bronze to open their account.