Shilong: Indian women’s trio of Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Bombayala Devi shot below par scores but it was enough for them to blank their misfiring Sri Lankan opponents 6-0 to open gold medal account in recurve at Polo Grounds yesterday.
The men’s team of Tarundeep Rai, Gurucharan Besra and Jayanta Talukdar followed suit with a 5-1 win over their Lankan rivals in the summit clash.
India’s mixed pair of Rai and Deepika added a second gold medal to their kitty, India’s third overall in recurve, as with a 6-0 cakewalk against the Bangladeshi duo of Sojeb Shiek and Beauty Ray. In the afternoon session, the recurve archers bagged two gold and as many silver in the all-Indian individual finals to sign off in style with grabbing all possible 10 gold medals and four silver in total.
The story was no different in the track-and-field arena. Rio Olympics bound shot-putter Manpreet Kaur stole the limelight as Indians pocketed five gold medals on the opening day of the event. India won five gold, six silver and three bronze in the nine events held at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.