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Deepika sets yet another national record, Jharkhand dominate

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Jamshedpur, Dec 24: The dominance of Jharkhand continued on the second day of the 34th National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex as Deepika Kumari created yet another national record.

She broke L Bombalya Devi’s 50 metre record of 333 out of 360 points by scoring 346 points. V Praneetha of Gujarat was second with 332 points while Reena of Jharkhand was the 2nd runners up with 322 points.

Deepika who was in line to make an overall championship record but the mistake she committed during the 30 meter round when she removed the arrows from the target before the scorers recorded the points, violating the FITA rule clause 14.2.1 and 17.1.1. Deepika lost 59 points she scored.

On the opening day Deepika wrote anew two national records in the in the 70 meters and 60 meters events of the FITA round on Monday.

After day 2 Jharkhand held the top position in the medal tally with 12 including 6 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze while while Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) was in second place with 4 medals including two gold and two silver.

Delhi with one gold and one silver finished third followed by Gujarat with a gold, two silver and a bronze.
In the women’s 30 meter distance, Praneetha emerged champion after she scored 349 points, pushing Seema Verma (347 points) of UP to second place. Asha Rani Horo (Jharkhand) finished third with 346 points.

In a closely fought men’s 30 meters distance, Olympians Jayanta Talukdar faced tough challenge from Tarundeep Rai (SSCB) but Talukdar emerged winner after scoring 355 points.

Rai, meanwhile, earned 354 points. Hurdup Tiriya (SPSB) claimed third place.

In the Olympic round of the event, top ranked archers, including Talukdar and Rai, lost their respective matches in the elimination round paving way for international archer Atanu Das (PSPB) to take on Muniram Tirkey (SSCB) in the men’s individual recurve event final tomorrow.

Gurcharan Singh (Jharkhand) will meet Guruchara Besra (Bihar) in the men’s section of the recurve for the third place.

In the individual women’s recurve event, five-time national champion Deepika will meet Praneetha in the finalon Wednesday.

The mixed team event in the compound section witnessed former international archer Jhano Hansdah and Sudhakar Paswan (Jharkhand) win the gold after beating Swati Dudhwal and Rajat Chouhan (Rajasthan) 152-150.

Punjab pair of Ramandeep Kaur and Kawalpreet Singh had to be satisfied with a third-place finish with 152 points.

In compound section individual round final, Jhanu Hansdah will take on Ramandeep Kaur (Punjab), while Kamalpreet Singh (Punjab) will face Rajat Chouhan (Rajasthan) in the men’s category on Wednesday.

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