India claims four medals, finishes joint third with Iran at Asia Cup
In the latest stage of the Asia Cup World Ranking tournament, which happened in Taipei on Tuesday the 10th of July, Indian archers clinched four medals; three silver and one bronze to boost their ranking to an impressive joint third with Iran.
This four day event, whose first two stages happened in Delhi and Bangkok in 2017, had to be curtailed to a two day event because of the looming threat of the super typhoon Maria.
Amongst the team members that won a medal, the most impressive was that of 16-year old Divya Dhayal, who became the only individual member to win a medal by clinching a silver in the women’s compound category.
Dhayal cruised through to the finals, defeating competitors like Jennifer Chan from the Philippines, Thailand’s ThaKanayee Maneesombatkul and even the third seed in the tournament, Korean Yun Soon Song. She looked to be invincible, but Taiwanese star Ting-Ting Wu stopped her streak by defeating her in the finals 141-144.
All the other medals were won in team events, the most notable of them being the silver won by the men’s recurve team consisting of Shukmani Babrekar, Gora Ho and Dhiraj Bommadevara. They slipped past the quarters against Saudi Arabia scoring 4 more than the opposition (final score 5-1) and crushed Japan 5-3 in their semis. But like young Divya, they lost out on the finals facing a capable Korean opposition 1-5.
A similar story occurred in the women’s recurve team event, where the trio of Ridhi, Rajendra Sakshi and Prachi Singh were instrumental up until the finals, when they were thrashed by a dominating Chinese Taipei opposition 0-6.
All in all, it was quite a successful Asia Cup for India, finishing third after Korea, who bagged 14 medals and Chinese Taipei, who bagged 5.