The Indian men’s recurve team won silver at the Archery World Cup 2023 Stage 1 final in Antalya on Sunday. The Indian team comprising Atanu Das, Dhiraj Bommadevara, and Tarundeep Rai went down to China’s Li Zhongyuan, Qi Xiangshuo, and Wei Shaoxuan 4-5, and had to settle for silver at the tournament. The Indian men's team started off the final shoot for the yellow metal on a disappointing note; however, they made a comeback in the game after losing two sets in a row.
Since the Chinese team scored near the center, they were declared the winner, while the Indian team settled for the second position.
The Indian men’s recurve team were in pursuit of a gold medal since 2010, and showing brilliant skills, they bounced back from 0-4 down to level and shoot off. However, the trio went down 4-5 (54-55, 50-56, 59-58, 56-55, 28-28*) with the Chinese team hitting an X (closer to the centre) in a shoot off gave the set a dramatic finish and won gold.
India had a slow start and China led the first set by a negligible one-point margin. However, it was in the third margin the team bucked up to shoot a series of five 10s, which included three Xs. India then won the fourth set against China by a slender one-point margin.
The Indian contingent has won two golds, one silver from Stage 1, with two golds in the compound events from Jyothi Surekha Vennam.