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The Indian men’s compound team struck gold on the penultimate day of the archery World Cup stage 1 championship in Shanghai, China on Saturday. The women’s team, however, did not finish on the podium. India were represented by Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh. India beat Colombia 226-221 for the gold. In the semifinal, India got the better of the United States 232-230 while India edge out Iran by an identical margin the quarterfinals. India beat Vietnam in the first round. The Colombian team comprised Camilo Andres Cardona, Jose Carlos Ospina and Daniel Munoz. The Indians grabbed a slender lead in the opening set by clinching it 58-57 and built on it in the next three to emerge triumphant. The Colombians did manage to tie the 3rd set 52-52. In the women’s competition, Korea, Denmark and Russia finished in that order.Earlier, the fourth seeded ousted Vietnam, World Champion Iran and top-ranked USA to make the finals against Colombia. “Before coming here, we planned every detail to make it work. We all shot well throughout week and what we really want is to create a good impression of us in front of other teams,” Verma said after winning his first team gold, and second overall in the World Cup. The Colombian trio of Cardona, Ospina and Munoz were no match to the Indians, who began with four perfect 10s including one closest to the centre (X) to open up a 58-57 lead in the first end. With yet another four perfect 10s including one X from a possible six, the Indian team clinched the second end 58-56 to stretch their lead to three points (116-113). he team comprising Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh prevailed 226-221 against the Colombians. The Colombian team comprised Camilo Andres Cardona, Jose Carlos Ospina and Daniel Munoz. The Indians grabbed a slender lead in the opening set by clinching it 58-57 and built on it in the next three to emerge triumphant The Colombians did manage to tie the 3rd set 52-52. In the mixed pair event, Abhishek Verma with Jyothi Surekha Vennam had earlier made it to the bronze medal play-off. Verma and Jyothi will take on the US. The duo lost to second-seeded South Korean in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Indian recurve archers, including Olympians Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari, were knocked out of their respective events. While the men’s recurve team slumped to a 0-3 defeat to Japan in the quarter-finals, the women’s recurve team made a first-round exit after suffering a 2-6 defeat at the hands of US.

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