Archery : India loses to Italy in final

The women's recurve team, figuring for the first time in a World Championship final, led former champion Italy till the middle stage, but lost 207-210 points at Turin on Sunday. Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi, making their maiden entry into the final, failed to turn it into an unforgettable one.

Yet the Indians performed better for most part of the contest except the third end of six arrows. The two nations played seven times before this final with Italy enjoying a 4-3 advantage. But the major positive point the Indians carried into the contest was its spectacular victory in the semifinals when they dethroned the World champion and favourite Korea. After the first end, the scores for each team were quite low, 51-50 for the Indians.

India began with a 10 from Deepika the only 10 for India in the whole competition but also had two 7s by Chekrovolu and Bombayla on the fifth and sixth shots. Italy's first 10 were scored on the 10th shot. But with two arrows out of the yellow rings in the second end meant Italy still trailed India by one point at the half-way mark (102-103).


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