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Asian Games 2014: India win historic gold in compound men's team archery

Sep 27, 2014 08:18 AM IST India India
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Incheon: Indian archers started day eight of Asian Games with a bang by clinching a historic gold by beating favourites Korea 227-224 in the compound men's team archery on Saturday.

The trio of Rajat Chauhan, Sandeep Kumar and Abhishek Verma were consistent right from the start as they shot nines and tens at regular basis, while Korea surprisingly had a jittery start.

This was India's second gold medal in eight days after pistol shooter Jitu Rai had earned the top position on the first day of the competition.

It was a closely-fought contest as the South Korean team of Choi Yong-hee, Min Li-hong and Yang Young-ho fell short by just two points, while the Indians held on to their nerves to win an all-important battle.

Indian men had 12 10s as compared to 13 by their opponents.

Earlier in the day, India's compound women's team bagged the bronze medal after beating Iran 224-217.

Indian team comprising Trisha Deb, Purvasha Shende and Surekha Jyothi, shot 224, while Sakineh Ghasempour, Maryam Ranjbarsari and Shabnam Sarlak of Iran could manage a total of 217.

Both Indian and Iranian girls had a total of nine 10's each at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field.

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