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Archery World Cup: India win compound men’s gold, Bhardwaj bags silver, bronze for mixed team

Archery World Cup: India win compound men’s gold, Bhardwaj bags silver, bronze for mixed team

For the second consecutive Archery World Cup stage of the 2022, the Indian men’s team shone bright in the compound event as they defeated France to clinch gold in Gwangju, South Korea on Saturday.

India’s compound archery trio of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan produced a stirring fightback against France in the men’s team final. The trio had won gold medal at the Antalya World Cup earlier in the season, also defeating France in the final.

And as in Antalya where they defeated hosts and top seeds Turkey on their way to the final, India had defeated hosts and top seeds Korea here in the semi-final.

Immediately after that, veteran Abhishek paired up with 17-year-old Avneet Kaur in the mixed team bronze medal playoff where India defeated Turkey, also from a deficit, to finish third.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Mohan Bhardwaj delivered a stunning performance to win the silver medal in the compound men’s individual event. Competing in his debut World Cup season on tour, the 42nd seed – who was not part of the team event because he was the fourth best in qualification among the Indian men – defeated 2021 Yankton world champion Nico Wiener in the semis before going down to top seed Mike...

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