Archery: Indian men qualify for Olympics

Jun 23, 2012, 04:58 IST | IANS

The Indian men's archery team, comprising Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai, qualified for the London Olympics after they finished second in the qualification of the third Stage World Cup Archery at Ogden, Utah, yesterday.

The Indian team will face US in the final for the gold medal match slated for tomorrow. In the Olympic qualifiers, the Indian team finished second in the final losing 218-221 to Japan to book their London ticket.

Rahul Banerjee (left), Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar after winning bronze at the CWG 2010 in New Delhi. Pic/Getty Images.

In the semi-final, they were tied at 202 with Australia. In tie breaker, India led by three points (10 vs 7) in a first arrow and clinched the match in next arrow shooting nine against miss arrow.

Indian archers have now earned maximum six quota places (three women and three men) for the Olympics. The women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro, which had won the silver in the 2011 World Championship Turin had also booked their ticket to London.

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