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Rahul Banerjee in final

KOLKATA: India’s Rahul Banerjee entered the final of the men’s individual recurve bow section in the second Meteksan World Cup in Porec, Croatia, on Thursday.

According to information reaching here, Banerjee defeated Korea’s Park Kyung-Mo 110-107. He will play Romain Girouille of France in the title-round on Saturday. Banerjee beat Malaysia’s W.M.K. Wan Ab Aziz 112-105 in the semifinals.

Jayanta Talukdar moved into the quarterfinals, but lost to Korea’s Im Dong Hyun 112-113.

Talukdar’s distinction

In the pre-quarterfinals, Talukdar had the distinction of beating the defending Olympic champion Marco Galiazzo of Italy 114-105.

Mangal Singh Champia was the most impressive Indian in the qualifying rounds. He stood second overall, but came a cropper against Banerjee in the pre-quarterfinals at 103-112.

Tarundeep Rai was humbled by Daniel Morillo of Spain in the second round at 104-112.

Two other Indians also moved into the quarterfinals, but lost to higher-ranked opponents. Laishram Bombayla Devi lost to Justyna Mospinek of Poland in the tie-breaker 107(7)-107(9). Compound archer Jhano Hansdah too went down in the quarterfinals to Andrea Gales of Great Britain 105-110.

Good show

The men’s recurve team garnered 2,008 points to finish second overall and will take on Germany in the first round on Friday.

The women’s recurve team finished 10th with 1,827 and will play seventh-ranked Japan. The women’s compound team too ended 10th with 1,957 points to take on the seventh-placed Spain in the opening round.

Dola Banerjee finished 59th out of 64 archers and lost in the first round. Only one compound men’s archer, Babban Kumar, made it to the 64-man draw, but went out in the opening round.

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