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Sukhmani leds in men’s recurve ranking round in National meet
Sportslogon Team March 10th 2019

Bhubaneswar : Despite the windy condition defending champion Sukhmani Babrekar lead the men's recurve ranking round with 655 points on the inaugural day of the National Archery Championships at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday.

World youth championships silver medallist, the 19-year old Sukhmani gathered 325 points in the first round of shooting for 70m and followed it up with 330 to stay ahead of accomplished names like Pravin Jadhav (653) and Tarundeep Rai (652) of Services.

Sukhmani, who had registered his best score of 669 in the selection trials in Rohtak in late January.

Olympian Atanu Das also recorded 325 in his first round but slipped in the second to collect 317 and take the ninth spot.

Among other experienced archers, Vishwash (645) was fifth, Sukhchain Singh (644) seventh and Mangal Singh Champia (640) was 12.

Jayanta Talukdar, who made a comeback of sorts following a shoulder injury, overcame the snapping of his bow string in his first shot to total 631 and place 29.

Olympian L. Bombayala Devi accumulated 642 points to emerge as the top ranked woman recurve archer for the individual elimination round.

Bombayala, who trained with the Railways team in Kolkata, scored 329 in the opening round before managing 313 points in the second 70m round due to unpredictable wind. Ankita Bhakat (639) and Preeti (628) took the next two spots.

Ace archer Deepika Kumari (622) was fifth following a below-par second round which fetched only 296 points. .
This news was added and updated on : March 10th 2019
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