Deepika Kumari is World Champion
Sanjay Boro is third
Deepika Kumari of India has won the cadet recurve women's gold medal to emerge truly as the World Champion. Sanjay Boro too won the bronze medal play-off to occupy No. 3 position in the cadet recurve men's event of the 11th Youth World Archery Championship at Ogden (Utah) in the U.S. on July 19.
This was the second time that India won the World title in archery. Palton Hansda won it for the first time in 2006 at Merida (Mexico) by annexing the junior compound individual gold medal in the ninth edition of the world championship.
Dola Banerjee too emerged the champion of the World Cup in 2007 but winning the title at the World Championship was the greatest honour for an archer.
Cadet category is for archers under the age of 16 and junior category is for those under the age of 18.
Deepika, a 15-year-old from Jharkhand, and a product of Tata Archery Academy at Jamshedpur, was consistent throughout the championship. The fourth-seeded Indian had scored 115 out of 120 in the quarterfinals, 112 in the semifinals and in the final she shot 115 points to beat her 10th ranked Russian opponent Sayana Tsyrempilova, who managed 109.
Significantly, Deepika is the reigning senior National champion and also the sub-junior National champion, a feat achieved in January this year.
To make the day the most productive for the small Indian contingent at the venue, Sanjay Boro from Assam and seeded seventh too showed enough promise early on to win the bronze medal beating 29th ranked Antonio Hector Smith of Mexico 110-105.
In all, the 29-member Indian contingent won a gold and two bronze medal as against two silver medals in 2008 at Kundu-Antalya (Turkey). The Indian contingent had won a gold and three silver medals, by far the best haul, at Merida (Mexico) in 2006.
Deepika was unstoppable since the moment she shot her first arrow into the nine-point ring. The first end of thee arrows fetched her 29 points, the second end of three also earned her 29. Only in the third she shot two 9s and a 10 for 28 points but by then she had 6 point lead (86-80) going into the last end of three arrows. A 9, 10,10 by the Indian ensured the historic finish.
India wins one bronze medal
The cadet compound women's team, comprising Prerna Bhagat, Nilam Kumari and Sairkonda Jayalakshmi gave India a bronze medal on the penultimate day of the 11th Youth World Archery Championship at Ogden (Utah), in the U.S. on July 18.
The Indians downed Russian Federation 211 (28) - 211 (26) after the two teams tied at the end of 24 arrows. In the three-arrow shoot off, India managed 28 points to Russia's 26.
Two other Indian teams, cadet recurve men and cadet compound men, lost to Italy and the USA, 199-215 and 207-229, respectively.
There was strong wind during the cadet women's compound bronze medal play-off. The two teams tied after the first three arrows. Then Russia took the lead by eight points after six arrows. India managed to come back at 76-76 after one Russian girl shot only a two in the next end! India took the lead over Russia 105-102, 159-155.
The Russians finished with an impressive 58 in their last end of six arrows. This meant India had to shoot at least a nine to win with their last arrow. With only three seconds remaining for the hooter, the last Indian archer managed only an eight to tie the Russian team at 211-211. In the shoot-off, India proved to be the stronger side and claimed the bronze medal.
The American compound cadet boys started strongly with 10-9-10-8-10-10 for 57 points in the first end. The Indians had a big issue with time management. They did not shoot their last arrow and therefore received a 0. Their intermediate score was only 43.
The Americans did not let up with ends of 58, 57, 57. The Indians did shoot well for the remainder of the match with ends of 56, 58 but they could not come back. The U.S.A. won the bronze medal 229-207!
As the wind calmed a bit down for the latter part of the morning session, the Indian cadet recurve boys had the best start and led 56-53 points. They, however, ran into some problems in the second end with only 45 points. Italy took the opportunity with a good 54 to take the lead 107-101, and later on 158-152. The Italians kept shooting strong in the last end with 10-9-10-9-10-9 to clinch the bronze 215-199!
On the final day, Deepika Kumari will be seen in action in the cadet recurve women's individual final and later Sanjay Boro will contest in the cadet recurve men's bronze play-off.
Deepika Kumari in threshold of making history;
India in line for one gold and four bronze medals
Senior National champion Deepika Kumari was the lone Indian to figure in the final of the cadet recurve women's event of the 11th Youth World Archery Championship at Ogden (Utah) in the U.S. on July 16. India was also in line for four bronze medals in the individual and team events of cadet recurve men, team events of compound men and women.
India drew a blank in the junior individual and team sections sending shock waves through the archery fraternity in the country.
Deepika, who made it to the quarterfinals, continued her fine run by taking out fifth seed Miranda Leek of U.S. 115-104 before registering one of the finest victories of her fledgling career. The fourth-seeded Indian put out top seed from Korea Jeon Hun Young, 112-108, for a meeting with 10th seed from Russia Sayana Tsyrempilova in the final.
A world record equaling score was needed to subdue Sanjay Boro in the cadet recurve men's semifinals. The seventh seeded Indian easily won against 18th ranked Turk Osman Eskici 112-101 in the quarterfinals and faced third seed Min Taehong of Korea in the semifinals. The Korean came up with 117 that equalled Heorhiy Ivanytsky of Ukraine's world record score set at Kundu/Antalya in 2008. Boro collapsed to 106 to concede defeat. He will challenge 29th ranked Hector Antonio Smith of Mexico for the bronze medal.
Indian cadet men's team of Sanjay Boro, Mangal Ho and Parashan Nath, seeded fourth, will play sixth-seed Italy in the bronze medal play-off after it lost to top seed Korea 209-224 in the semifinals. Earlier, India had beaten 13th ranked Finland 215-208 in the pre-quarterfinals and 12th ranked Mexico 213-202 in the quarterfinals.
India also figured in the cadet compound men and women team bronze medal play-off matches. The sixth-seeded cadet men's team of Sudhakar Kumar Paswan, Ritul Chatterjee and Abhyudaya Srinet will take on the top seed the U.S.A.
Earlier, India had beaten third-ranked Russian Federation 223-221 in the quarterfinals after getting a bye in the pre-quarterfinal round. India, however, lost to seventh-ranked Mexico by one point, 226-227, in the semifinals.
The fourth seeded India cadet compound women's team consisting of Sarikonda Jayalakshmi, Prerna Bhagat and Nilam Kumari will figure in the bronze medal play-off against third seeded Russian Federation. India defeated Australia in the quarterfinals 217-215 but was buried under the world record score of 230 by top seed U.S. 230. India replied with 219.
Fifth and tenth seeds, Atanu Das and Pawan Xalxo, playing in the junior recurve men's quarterfinals, were eliminated by 13th seed Xing Yu of China (111-113) and second seed Sung Wook Yeong of Korea (108-114).
India's team campaign in the junior section was nothing short of a disaster. The second-seeded junior recurve men's team (Das, Xalxo and Hemanta Basumatary) beat 15th ranked Kazakhstan 213-210 in the pre-quarterfinals but went down to seventh-seeded Great Britain 215-221. The junior women's team consisting of Balemai Hansda, Seema Verma and Sumita Kumari, ranked a lowly 14th, was beaten by third-seeded Ukraine 184-211.
Though ranked 10th, the junior compound men's team of Arjun Rao, Sanjay Swansi and Ksh. Nikon Singh were no match to 10th ranked Belgium 219-224 in the pre-quarterfinals. The fifth ranked women's team too fell in the first hurdle losing to fourth-seeded Italy 212-217.
The fifth-ranked Indian cadet recurve women's team, with Deepika Kumari, Padyawati Sardar and V. Sharadha in the side, lost to 12-ranked Poland in the first round at 204-209.
On July 17, all the juniors will engage in identifying the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games to be held at Singapore in 2010.
Atanu Das, Pawan Xalxo, Sanjay Boro and Deepikia Kumari in quarterfinals
Only four Indians survived to fight another day in the individual elimination round of the 11th Youth World archery championship at Ogden in Utah (US) on July 15. All four are from recurve bow section. The Indians were routed completely in the compound bow group.
The celebrated four, Atanu Das and Pawan Xalxo in the junior men's recurve, Sanjay Boro in the cadet recurve men and Deepika Kumari in the cadet recurve women, moved into the quarterfinals with some facile victories.
Fifth seeded Atanu Das will take on 13th ranked Xing Yu of China and 10th ranked Pawan Xalxo will challenge the might of second seed from Korea Sung Wook Yeong for a place in the semifinals of the junior recurve men's section.
Seventh seeded Sanjay Boro will meet 18th seed Osman Eskici of Turkey in the cadet men's recurve section while Senior and Sub-junior National champion and fourth seed Deepika Kumar will come up against fifth seed Miranda Leek of US. A win will lift both into the semifinals.
Hemanta Basumatary (junior recurve men) and the two junior recurve women contestants, Seema Verma and Balemai Hansda all went out in the second round while Sumita Kumari was eliminated in the third.
Among the cadet archers, only Mangal Ho seemed to have put up a stiff fight losing to Gael Prevost of France in the pre-quarterfinals. Parashan Nath lost in the third round.
All the eight compound archers were no match to world class shooting by their opponents and were eliminated either in the first or second round action. Only Sudhakar Kumar Paswan made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the cadet men's section.
Indian Cadets enjoy Sun and Wind
The Indian contingent enjoyed some encouraging results in the cadet (under-16) category of the 11th Youth World Archery Championship at Ogden (Utah) in the U.S.A. on July 14.
On a day when three World Records were set by the Korean recurve archers, three Indians finished in top 10 in the individual categories of both recurve and compound bow sections and figured among top six in the team qualification standing.
The best individual placing was earned by senior and sub-junior National champion Deepika Kumari in the women's recurve section. She finished fourth overall with a total of 1345 points. Jeon Hun Young of Korea established a world record with a total of 1380 points which surpassed her compatriot Lim Su Ji's 2008 record of 1377 set at Kundu (Antalya) in Turkey.
Padyawati Sardar finished 20th with 1270 and V. Sharadha ended 33rd overall with 1243 to enable India ranked fifth with a total of 3858. India will play 12th ranked Poland in the first round of team championship.
Korea also set a world record in team total with 4121 thus surpassing its own record of 4069 set atKundu last year.
Sanjay Boro was the best Indian cadet recurve archer occupying an overall seventh position with a total of 1305 points. Mangal Ho was 21st with 1265 and Parashan Nath was 40th with 1227. The team total of 3797 enabled India to end fourth and will clash with 13th placed Finland in the team elimination.
Korean Kim Joo Wan improved his last year world record of 1377 with 1380 for the day's third record. The Koreans finished on top of the heap in both the men and women's groups to complete their domination of qualification rounds.
Sub-junior National champion Abhyudaya Srinet was 22nd in the compound men's section with a total of 1338. Sudhakar Kumar Paswan scored higher to be 12th with 1354 and Ritul Chatterjee finished 18th with 1346. The trio combined to give India a total of 4038 points that placed India sixth overall and earned a first round bye in the ten-team field.
Sarikonda Jayalakshmi, having the experience of being with senior Indian team earlier this year, displayed immense confidence in the compound women's individual qualification. She stood seventh overall with 1371. Disappointing support from Nilam Kumari (1318, 26th) and Prerna Bhagat (1311, 27th) meant India's total of 4000 gave it only the fourth place in the five-team field.
India and fifth-placed Australia will play first and the winner will qualify for the semifinals against top seed U.S. Second seed Mexico and Russian Federation will play the other semifinals.
Atanu Das, Indian jr men's recurve team to the fore
It was a mixed opening day for the 29-member Indian contingent at the 11th Youth World Archery Championship 2009 at Ogden, Utah (US) on July 13.
Amid the dominating displays by Korea (recurve) and hosts United States (compound) categories of the junior section , only Indian men's junior recurve team brought cheer in the Indian camp, according to information received here.
Atanu Das of Bengal, now with Tata Archery Academy, stood fifth overall in the individual qualification with a total of 1294 points after each archer shot 36 arrows each over four distances: 90m, 70, 50 and 50m for a total of 144 arrows.
Pawan Xalxo of Jharkhand was placed overall 10th with 1279 while the third Indian Hemanta Basumatary of Assam was 28th with 1249. The three combined to give India a total of 3822 points that earned India a creditable second place in the team qualification ranking behind Korea (4018). The second ranked India will take on 15th ranked Khazakstan in the first round of team elimination.
Korea swept the top three spots. Ukraine, as a team, took the third place behind India.
Indian archers, who are expected to do well in recurve bow section, was in for a shock with the junior women falling flat on the face. The three, Balemai Hansda (1224), Seema Verma (1210) and Sumita Kumari (1187), ended 38th, 44th and 53rd respectively. The team total of 3621 gave India the 14th place in a 16-team field. India's first round opponent will be third placed Ukraine. Korea (4040), China (3950) and Ukraine (3837) were the top three teams.
Indian junior men compound trio of Arjun Rao (1330, 24th), Ksh. Nikon Singh (1317, 31st) and Sanjay Swansi (1313, 34th) earned India an overall seventh postion with a total of 3960 points. The U.S.A. topped the field with 4072. India will play 10th ranked Belgium in the first round.
The junior women compound team seemed to have fared a little better occupying fifth position. But the factwas there were only five teams and India ended last! Priyanshu Kachhap (1297, 21st), Asrita Kerketta (1292, 22nd) and Kiran Majhi (1254, 24th) gave India a total of 3843 points.
The competition continues on Tuesday with the qualifications for recurve cadets men, recurve cadets women followed by compound cadets men and compound cadets women.
As many as 450 archers are in fray from 60 countries. The most important aspect of the championship was it serves as the main qualifier for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olymic Games. Those who qualify from the Youth Worlds will compete again in a separate competition on July 17 to identify the Youth Olympic Games qualifiers.