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Archery WC: Compound team to battle for bronze

The men’s compound team lost its semi-final match but qualified to play the bronze medal contest while the women’s recurve, women’s compound team and the men’s recurve team crashed out of the Archery World Cup – third leg here on Friday.

The men’s compound team lost its semi-final match 231-232 against the United States. They will face Italy in the third-place match on Saturday. The two losing semi-finalists have thus qualified for the bronze-level encounter.

The men’s compound team, comprising Kawal Preet Singh, Abhishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan beat Iran 29-28 in the quarter-finals earlier.

In the women’s compound team event, India, represented by Vennam Jyothi Surekha, Purvasha Sudhir Shende and Lily Chanu Paonam, was defeated by the United States 212-224 in the quarters.

India’s men’s recurve team comprising Mangal Singh Champia, Bulbul Marandi and Rahul Banerjee lost 0-6 against Germany in the last eight stage.

The fancied women’s recurve team, consisting of heavyweights Deepika Kumari, Rimil Buriuly and Bombayla Devi Laishram lost 2-6 against Italy in a last-eight round contest after thrashing Poland 6-0 in the previous round.

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