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India versus Mexico: Wroclaw men’s and women’s recurve team finals

8 August 2014
Wroclaw (POL)
Under pressure: four out of the nations’ six eliminations matches were won in tiebreaker shoot-offs

After a warm up against 16 seed Spain, India’s DAS, RAI and TALUKDAR had a hard time against the Netherlands and China. Both went to tiebreakers; both the Indians won.

Jayanta TALUKDAR explained that the Indian team has been putting in extra preparation for another major event on the horizon: “We’ve been working hard for the Asian Games,” he said. “Our coaches have been supporting us very well, improving our techniques.”

The last time TALUKDAR was on a winning team was back in 2012. “Getting into the gold final is a great results,” TALUKDAR added. “Our scores have improved and we’re feeling better in ourselves.”

The India men will shoot against ALVAREZ, SERRANO and VIVAS ALCALA on Sunday. The Mexicans also won through two tiebreakers to get to Wroclaw gold medal match: first against Germany and then to beat the second seeded team of France.

Their semifinal against Russia went far smoother. They won in three sets, 5-1. Russia and China will contest recurve men’s team bronze.

The recurve women’s team final in Wroclaw will pit India against Mexico as well.

Second seed India had a tough second round against the Ukraine – squeaking through by a point after yet another shoot-off. KUMARI’s rediscovered elite form might just have made the difference.

BAYARDO, ROMAN and VALENCIA shocked top seed China 6-2 in the semifinal – and meant features in four gold medal matches at Wroclaw 2014: men’s and women’s recurve teams, recurve mixed team and the compound men’s team final.

Follow results from the last stage of the 2014 Archery World Cup in Wroclaw.