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Haryana dominate recurve events in National Archery meet
Sportslogon Team March 11th 2019

Bhubaneswar : Haryana archers were dominated the recurve events by winning four medals which included two gold, a silver and a bronze medal in the NTPC National archery championships at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Monday.

While Assam, Maharastra, SSCB, RSPB, AIPSCB also claimed a gold medal each in the recurve event.

The men and women's individual recurve title was won by Pravin Jadhav and Ankita Bhakat respectively. Maharashtra boy Jadhav defeated his fellow state-mate Satyam Patil 6-4 to bag the his maiden national title.

Jadhav overcame a tough challenge to beat Haryana's Deven in a shoot-off in the opening round and give a series of solid performances.

In the closely-fought final, Jadhav and Patil split points to be locked at 4-4. The Services athlete raised his game to win the fifth set and get past Patil.

After helping Jharkhand take silver medals in women and mixed team events, 20-year-old Kolkata girl Ankita, who upset World Cup and World championships medallist Deepika Kumari 6-4 in the quarterfinal, emerged as the national champion.

Ankita showcased her mental toughness as she got the better of Haryana opponents Preeti and Ridhi Phor in the semifinals and final through tie-breakers.

In the title clash, Ankita won the first set, shared the spoils in the next and bagged the third to secure a 3-1 lead.

However, the scoreline became 5-5 as Ridhi fought back with some accurate shots. Both scored nine apiece in the shoot-off, but Ankita hit closer to the centre to pocket the crown.

Results Individual: Men's final: Pravin Jadhav (SSCB) bt Satyam Patil (Mah) 6-4; Third-place match: Atanu Das (PSPB) bt Hrudub Tiriya (AIP) 5-5 (tie-breaker 9-8).

Women's final: Ankita Bhakat (Jhar) bt Ridhi Phor (Har) 5-5 (tie-breaker 9-9, Ankita's shot closer to the centre); Third-place match: L. Bombayala Devi (RSPB) bt Preeti (Har) 6-0.

Team Men's final: Assam bt SSCB 5-3; Third place: AIP bt Chhattisgarh 5-3.

Women's final: Haryana bt Jharkhand 5-3; Third place: Assam bt AIP 6-2.

Mixed final: Haryana bt Jharkhand 5-3; Third place: AIP bt Rajasthan 5-3. .
This news was added and updated on : March 11th 2019
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