Dipti, Parth win recurve golds
Deepika, Atanu fail to even reach quarters at nat'l c'ship
PUNE: Young archers Dipti Kumari and Parth Salunkhe, won individual recurve gold medals at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur during the 2021 national archery championship.
The two left in their wake an experienced field that featured Tokyo Olympians Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and former world medallist Jayanta Talukdar.
Dipti Kumari, 19, of Jharkhand, won the recurve women's individual final 7-3 over reigning youth world champion Komalika Bari. Dipti came back from a set down to win the title. Simranjeet Kaur won bronze.
Meanwhile, in the men's individual recurve, Maharashtra's Parth Salunkhe took first place after defeating Services' Sukhchain Singh 7-3 in the final. Amit Yadav had to settle for a bronze medal.
Parth Salunkhe, 17, represented India at the world championships last month after finishing among the top three in the August selection trials.
Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, the husband-wife duo, had a disappointing outing.
Deepika Kumari, a three-time Olympian, won the ranking round but was eliminated in the round of 32, while her husband, Atanu Das, was eliminated in the pre-quarterfinals of the individual events.
The PSPB couple then lost in the mixed team quarter-finals to Rajasthan's Prachi Singh and Kapish Singh.
Jharkhand won the mixed team with Komalika Bari and Jayanta Talukdar, while Haryana and Madhya Pradesh won the recurve men's and women's teams, respectively.
Unlike the recurve category, however, the compound category saw heavyweights take the top spots.
Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Vennam, both former Asian champions and world medalists, won gold medals in the individual compound competitions.
In total, 950 entries were received for the (bamboo) bow competitions, compound and recurve categories. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nationals were cancelled last year.
Edited - SportsAction / Inputs - Agency