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Three arrows shooting
KRISHNAGIRI: Baahubali in the epic movie stunned heroine Devasena and moviegoers alike by shooting three arrows at once. Is it possible to shoot three arrows at once? Is it something which film director SS Rajamouli invented for the film?
Shooting three arrows together seems to be a centuries old technique of war and a sign of bravery, as suggested by a few hero stones that archeologists have discovered near Thally in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu.
The Krishnagiri District History Search Organization (KDHSO) discovered three hero stones at Jihoor, a village near Thally close to Karnataka border in Krishnagiri district.
KDHSO president Aram A Krishnan told TOI that two hero stones depicted fighters holding three arrows each in their right hands and a bow each in their left hands.
One hero stone depicted a fighter holding three arrows and a bow while the other has two fighters fighting with each other. One of the fighters engraved on the second stone is holding three arrows and a bow while the other fighter is holding a sword in his right hand and a shield in the left hand.
The third hero stone depicts a sword-wielding fighter.
"The fighter who holds the sword might have belonged to Kangars who were very well-known for bravery," Krishnan said.
The village is situated close to Karnataka border and the kings who ruled these regions deployed thousands of fighters to protect their area from enemies. "Similarly, these two fighters might have been killed in a fight," Krishnan said.
The hero stones belonged to 13th or 14th centuries, according to archeologists. "We were astonished when Baahubali in the movie used three arrows together. But these kinds of technique were in use in 13th or 14th centuries," Krishnan added.
2017: Gold and Silver in Stage I
India claimed a gold and a silver in the Asia Cup archery Stage I meet that concluded in Bangkok. It was a creditable show as the Archery Association of India (AAI) fielded a young, second-string team.
The men's compound team of Aman Saini, Shivansh Awasthi and Robert Singh Keithellakpam, who qualified third with a score of 2068, scraped past Iran 231-230 in the final to claim gold.
The women's recurve trio of Sakshi Rajendra Shitole, Promila Daimary and Ankita Bhakat had to be satisfied with silver after going down 0-6 to Chinese Taipei in the final. Earlier, they beat Iran 6-2 in the quarterfinal after get ting a bye in the first round by virtue of qualifying second in the 12-team competition.They then thrashed Malaysia 6-0 to make the final.
The Indian men's compound team had a smooth passage, brushing aside the challenge of United Arab Emirates 232-202 in the first round and Thailand 233-221 in the quarterfinal. The trio then saw off a tough challenge from Malaysia to squeeze out a 232-230 win in the last-four clash.
In the individual event, 19year-old Saini made the quarters before losing to Iran's 143145 to Ebadi Esmaeil. The Iranian archer went on to win gold.
India went out in quarterfinal in both recurve and compound mixed team events.
2018, Muskan Kirar wins Asia Cup gold
Two years back, while scouting for potential archers, coach Richpal Singh Salaria had picked a bunch of youngsters for training. The bunch included a 15-year-old 10th-grade-student from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh — Muskan Kirar.
Making rapid strides under coach Salaria, Muskan broke into the senior side within just one year and reached the top of the podium in a major international event on Wednesday when she clinched the women’s compound gold in Archery Asia Cup in Bangkok.
Among other Indians, Promila Daimary also secured a gold medal winning the women's recurve title.
“Her family wants her to be a doctor, so they were taken aback when I selected Muskan for archery training in April 2016,” an overjoyed Salaria told TOI from Bangkok. “It’s a moment of great pride for me that she proved me right by winning the gold with less than two years of training."
The coach said that Muskan, who just turned17, picked up the game so fast that even the authorities at her school thought she had been practicing archery secretly for years before being selected by Salaria. “Within few months of training, she played in the age categories and even won a gold in u-17 event in Bhubaneswar last year. She subsequently made it to the senior team and took part in the Asia Cup in 2017. She has a technically sound game and a very good attitude, which is helping her do well.”
The coach said that Muskan, daughter of a shopkeeper, had some “unbelievable” scores while winning the gold in Bangkok. Next goal? “Now the focus is on the Asian Games. I am sure she has the game and the ability to bring laurels for the country,” the coach said.
Congratulating Muskan Madhya Pradesh sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia said, “Muskan has given the best gift to the state on the eve of Women’s Day.”
2018, Seven medals in Asia Cup
Indian archers bagged a rich haul of seven medals in the Asia Cup Stage 2 event that concluded in Manila on Wednesday. Aman Saini and Divya Dhayal claimed bronze in individual categories — men’s and women’s compound events, respectively — while the team events fetched five medals.
It was a very creditable performance from a second-string Indian contingent which achieved podium finishes in all team events barring men’s compound. Saini got past his countrymate Pritish Chowdhury 143-137 in the quarters but went down 146-148 to eventual gold-medal winner Paul Marton de la Cruz of Philippines in the semifinals. Saini claimed bronze by beating Lin Che-Wei of Chinese Taipei 145-138.
Divya, who won a bronze in the women’s compound team category in the Stage 1 tournament in Bangkok last month, defeated teammate Anil Hiwral 142-136 in the last-eight stage. But she failed to make the final, going down 138-147 to Chen Yi-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei. Divya then raised her game in the bronzemedal playoff match, which she won 10-9 via tie-break after being tied 138-all with Chinese Taipei rival Lin Ming-Ching.
Both the men’s and women’s recurve teams clinched bronze after losing to Korea in the semifinals. The men’s team of Akash, Ho Gora and Gaurav Lambe lost 0-6 in the semifinal but subdued Mongolia by same margin to claim bronze. The women’s trio of Ridhi, Sakshi Shitole and Promila Daimary went down 4-5 in the last-four clash before outclassing Mongolia 6-2 to seal bronze.
The compound and recurve mixed teams, too, claimed bronze while the women’s compound team of Mrinal Hiwrale, Dhayal and Muskan Kirar fell 221-225 to Chinese Taipei at the final hurdle to be satisfied with silver.
World Archery Championships
Men’s recurve team: silver
(Tarundeep Rai, Gautam Singh, Jayanta Talukdar)
India’s first World Championships medal.
Women’s recurve team: silver
The Times of India, Aug 02 2015
The women's recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi had won India a silver medal in the World Championship in 2011.
Rajat Chauhan: silver
India’s first compound archery medal in this tournament. Chauhan was the first Indian to win an individual medal at the World Championships.
Women’s recurve team: silver
(Deepika Kumari , Rimil Buriuly, Laxmirani Majhi)
Silver for Chauhan
The Times of India, Aug 02 2015
Archiman Bhaduri & Ritu Sejwal
20-year-old wins India's first individual medal in world archery
Rajat Chauhan created history by winning a silver medal in the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen on Saturday . This is India's first individual medal in the World event.The 20-year-old marksman, who won the team gold medal in the A Asian Games last year, went down s fighting to local favourite Stephan Hansen of Denmark 147-143 in the compound individual final event. Chauhan started well against Hansen, matching his local rival arrow for arrow to tie the first two sets, both scoring 29 points each. In the third set, Hansen opened up a handy three-point lead with three perfect 10s to net 30 points. Chauhan could manage only 27 in that third set.
The Indian rallied well in the fourth set to reduce the deficit by one point. But Hansen, buoyed by local support, produced his best yet again and came up with a perfect score (30) in the last set to take the match away from Chauhan who managed a creditable 28.
Silver for women's recurve team
The Times of India, Aug 03 2015
The women's recurve team failed to win the final against Russia and had to be content with a silver medal in the World Archery Championship in Copenhagen . It was India's second silver medal of the meet their best-ever show in the World Championship. the women's recurve team, comprising Deepika Kumari, Laxmi Rani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly squandered a two-set lead to go down to top seed Russia 4-5 in the shoot-off at the Christiansborg Palace.
In spite of enjoying a handsome 4-0 lead at the end of the first two sets, the Indian trio finally had to settle for a silver medal. This was Russia's first world title in recurve category since 1991. After grabbing an Olympic quota place, the women's team began on a confident note winning the first two sets 56-54 and 54-53, respectively. World No 8 Deepika Kumari led from the front hitting the maximum number of 10s in the first two sets.
But Tuyana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova slowly got into their groove. While they hit three 10s, Majhi and Buriuly shot seven each which helped the Russians crawl back into the contest by bagging the third set 56-52. ndia could have sealed the issue in the fourth set, but the trio lost their nerves. Deepika began with a nine, but Majhi and Buriuly could manage just 7 and 6 respectively . Although Deepika finished strongly with a 10, it was not good enough for India as the Russians won the fourth set 54-50 to tie the match at 4-4.
India, who shuffled the shooting order throughout the match, kept Deepika for the last shot in the ensuing three-arrow tie-breaker.Majhi matched Dashidorzhieva's perfect 10, but Buriuly came up with a poor 8 as the Russians hit back-to-back 9s.
2017: Mexico City
17 Mangal Singh Champia India
33 Kinley Tshering Bhutan
57 Atanu Das India
57 Tarundeep Rai India
57 Nima Wangdi Bhutan
117 Lam Dorji Bhutan
9 Promila Daimary India
33 Deepika Kumari India
57 Sonam Dema Bhutan
57 Monika Saren India
6 Abhishek Verma India
17 Aman Saini India
57 Gurwinder Singh India
9 Lily Chanu Paonam India
9 Jyothi Surekha Vennam India
17 Trisha Deb India
Recurve Men Team
Recurve Women Team
9 India -
Recurve Mixed Team
Compound Men Team
Compound Women Team
India’s first ever medal in the compound team archery section at the World Championships
Compound Mixed Team
World Cup, 2015: Gold for India, Men's individual
The Times of India, August 15, 2015
Abhishek Verma gave India a perfect Independence Day gift by fighting his way to the gold medal in the compound men's individual section to open their account in the Archery World Cup Stage 3. Having failed as a team in the bronze play-off earlier in the day , the world number 18 was at his best in the individual final as he held on to his lead to wrap up the issue 148-145 against Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran.
The Asian Games silver medallist thus avenged his defeat to Ebadi at the Incheon 2014 in style.
World Cup, 2015: Silver for India, Mixed pair
The Times of India, Aug 17 2015
Indians bag silver in archery WC
Indian recurve mixed pair of Deepika Kumari and Mangal Singh Champia settled for a silver after losing to their Mexican opponents in the final in the Archery World Cup Stage 3. The Mexican pair of London Olympics silver medallists Aida Roman and Juan Rene Serrano took a 3-1 lead after the second end before winning the gold with a an easy 5-1 win in a one-sided contest.
Indoor World Cup, 2017: Indoor Archery World Cup: 1 medal
Indian archers managed just one medal in the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2, that ended in Bangkok, thus failing to match their performance (nine medals) in the Asian Championship late last month. Thirdseeded Deepika Kumari won a bronze in the women’s recurve individual event when she defeated 13th-seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3.
2018, Bronze in WC
India ended their campaign with a bronze medal in the compound mixed pair event at stage one of the Archery World Cup here on Saturday. In hunt for three bronze medals, India could only succeed in the mixed pair event when Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam combined to prevail over the Turkish team of Yesim Bostan and Demir Elmaagacli 154-148.
Indian pair led 39-35 in the first end with three perfect 10s including one X. Verma and Jyothi extended the lead by 78-73 after the second end and continued their consistent show in the final end with another 39 to win by six points. India thus ended their campaign with just one medal.
Sumit, Nikhat in finals of jhBelgrade intl boxing: Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) were among the eight Indian boxers to make the finals, while five others settled for bronze medals in the 56th Belgrade International Tournament in Serbia.
Sumit defeated Greece's Vagkan Nanitzanian after his opponent threw in the towel. Nikhat out-punched Serbia's Nina Radovanovic for a unanimous 3-0 win. Also advancing to the finals were Himanshu Sharma (49kg), Laldinmawia (52kg), Varinder Singh (56kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg), Jamuna Boro (54kg), and Ralte Lalfakmawii (+81kg).
2018, India archers win 2 medals in Antalya
In yet another disappointing show the Indian archers returned with two medals — a silver and bronze in compound team events — in the second stage of the archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. This is one better than the single bronze medal that the squad won in World Cup Stage I in Shanghai. The recurve archers continued their dismal performance failing to win a single medal. Their only medal hope ended up in smoke as the recurve women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Promila Daimary and Ankita Bhagat lost bronze medal playoff match.
2018, World Cup Stage III: Deepika gets gold
Top archer Deepika Kumari, a four-time World Cup Final silver medallist, beat Germany's Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to win the gold medal in women’s singles recurve event of the World Cup Stage III. In a close contest, Deepika raised her game to win the last two rounds and break the 3-3 deadlock after round three.
The gold medal winning performance helped Deepika qualify for the World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey.
However, Deepika and Atanu Das lost to Chinese Taipei’s Tang Chih-Chun and Tan Ya-Ting 4-5 in the mixed team bronze medal match.
2018, World Cup Finals: Deepika wins bronze
India’s Deepika Kumari held her nerves in an intriguing play-off to down Lisa Unruh and win the bronze medal in the Archery World Cup Finals here Sunday.
Both the players were tied at 5-5 at the end of five sets, which led to a shoot-off. Deepika and Unruh both shot 9 but Deepika won bronze because her arrow was closer to the centre. This was Deepika’s fifth World Finals’ podium. A draw would have been enough for Deepika to seal the issue in the fifth set, but in the absence of a coach the Indian struggled to keep pace with the timing.
Deepika, a veteran in the World Cup Finals with four silver medals, came out on top in the shoot-off. “This was for the first time I shot at a big competition like this without a coach. The stronger the competition, the better we get,” Deepika later said.
World Youth Championships
2017: 3 medals
Indian junior archers won three medals in the World Youth Championships that concluded in Rosario, Argentina. Jemson Ningthoujam and Ankita Bhakat clinched the gold medal in the mixed team event and the threemember junior men's recurve team, which also included Jemson, settled for a silver.
India's third medal came in the compound cadet women's team event with Khushbu Dhayal, Sanchita Tiwari and Divya Dhayal picking up a bronze.
Jemson and Ankita fetched India a gold medal at the World Youth Championships after six years. India's last gold medal at this meet had come in 2011 when Deepika Kumari had triumphed in the recurve junior category . Deepika had also won a gold in the recurve cadet category in 2009.
July 2018: Women’s compound team world No. 1
Indian archery received a shot in the arm with the women’s compound team vaulting to the top of the world rankings, as per the list released by the world body. This is the first time that India have been ranked No. 1. The Indian team has a tally of 342.6 points, six more than second-placed Chinese Taipei. The Indian women had a good run in the four World Cup stages this season, winning a silver medal each in the Antalya and Berlin legs.
Women’s 4x400m relay
The Indian women’s 4x400m relay team has been on a roll over the last three editions. After winning the gold in 2006 in Doha, the Indian quartet repeated the feat in Guangzhou and completed a fine hat-trick four years later in Incheon. They would be looking at yet another golden run; anchoring their laps to glory would be new star, 400m junior world champion Hima Das.
For a change, the compound archers will carry India’s medal hopes more than the recurve ones who have always hogged the limelight for being an Olympic event. However, the elimination of compound individual events in this Asian Games is a huge setback. India will fancy their chances in the compound mixed team event which has been introduced for the first time in this Games. Abhishek Verma and his partner Jyothi Surekha have bagged bronze medals in all the four World Cup legs in 2018 and thus will start as favourites. The women’s compound team of Jyoti, Trisha Deb, Muskan Kirar and Madhumita Kumari will go to Jakarta as the World No. 1 team. They will look to improve upon their bronze-medal winning show of last Games. Rajat Chauhan, Verma, Aman Saini and Sangampreet Singh Bisla look good to repeat the team gold they won four years ago.
Both the men’s and women’s sides lack experienced hands and have to depend on raw talents of Pramila Daimary, Ankita Bhakatalong with Laxmirani Majhi in the women’s event and Sukhchain Singh, Vishwas Kumar and Jagdish Chaudhary in the men’s event. India’s highestranked archer, Deepika Kumari (No. 7), had struck gold after six years in July at the World Cup Stage 3 in Salt Lake City. But the strong South Korean side had skipped that event. The men’s challenge will depend on Olympian Atanu Das.
World Archery snubs IOA, allows AAI to run show
In a major relief to the Indian archers, the sport’s world governing body – World Archery (WA) – allowed them on Thursday to compete under the aegis of the newly-elected Archery Association of India (AAI) by authorising the BVP Rao-led faction to select the teams for international competitions. WA’s secretary general Tom Dielen has written a four-page letter in this regard to the AAI, sports ministry and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), a copy of which is exclusively with TOI.
Extending the AAI’s recognition period post its controversial election on December 22 last year, the world body reiterated that the Indian federation remains in good standing with the WA and that it expects an early resolution to the issue prior to WA’s executive board meeting in Lausanne on May 31, 2019.
Since the matter is pending with the Supreme Court, which is yet to validate the AAI’s election and its new constitution, the WA’s secretary general has stated: “We fully trust that the SC will come to the best possible solution in the interest of the Indian athletes. How long this process will take is not clear, but everyone involved has confirmed that this should be finished latest within a six-month period. The WA awaits the outcome of the SC’s decision before we can validate the outcome of the General Council of December 22.”
In another setback to the IOA, which is against the outcome of the election, the WA categorically rejected its demand to form an ad-hoc body, a proposal mooted to Dielen during his meeting with IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and senior vice-president R K Anand.
“In the interest of the athletes and knowing we are very close to the selection procedures for the World archery championships (in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands from June 10-16, 2019), and especially based on the input of the union sports secretary Radheyshyam Julaniya, the WA is clear that the creation of any temporary or a- hoc committee would only lead to confusion and would not be in the interest of the athletes,” Dielen stated in his letter.
However, Dielen has flagged off certain provisions in the new AAI’s constitution and has called for amendments. One of the biggest issues concerning the WA’s is the “lack of affiliation process of the athletes”.
“This is a major issue that needs correction as soon as possible since the affiliation is a matter that is a requirement for Indian athletes to participate in International competition. The fact that there is no clear provision for this, could put the whole Indian archery federation in a very delicate position in disciplinary, eligibility and other matters,” Dielen wrote.
Dielen also pointed out that the AAI needs to bring more clarity on issues like the conflict of interest, limitations on the tenure of an office-bearer and the composition of the executive committee for its smooth functioning.