Impressive Show by Women Archers in World Cup


Kolkata, Aug 7: Scintillating performances by Rimil Buriuly and Dola Banerjee ensured a third place finish for the Indian women's recurve team at the World Cup archery (Stage IV) FITA round at Shanghai Thursday.

World champion Korea and Russia took the first two spots.

The Indian trio, also including rookie Pratima Boro, netted a total score of 3974 points to be placed behind Korea (4100) and Russian Federation (4007).

India will meet 14th-ranked Kazakhstan in the first round of the team elimination Saturday.

The 18-year-old Rimil from Jamshedpur was the toast of the Indian team, as she totalled 1344 points to take the sixth slot.

Junior international and a team silver medal winner at the 2008 youth world championship in Turkey, Rimil came into the senior side early this year as the fourth member and travelled to Dominican Republic for the first World Cup.

Rimil, a cadet of Tata Archery Academy shot 334 points over the 70m distance and was surprised to find herself placed second overall behind Korean Yun Ok-Hee (336). The Korean, however, set a world record in the next distance - 60m - with a score of 353 which bettered her compatriot Kim Yu-Mi's score of 351 set in 2004.

Veteran Dola Banerjee was placed 11th overall with a score of 1331 and the Railway employee emerged the fifth best in the 30m distance scoring 353.

Boro was all nerves and failed to live up to her potential and finished 31st with a total of 1299. The fourth member, Reena Kumari, was one place behind with 1298.

FITA round qualifications were held over four distances - 70m, 60, 50 and 30m - with each archer allowed to shoot 36 arrows over each distance for a total of 144 arrows.


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