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Sikkim Archer Tarundeep Rai win gold medal at Archery World Cup

In a proud moment for the state of Sikkim, archer Tarundeep Rai representing India at the Archery World Cup won gold in the Recurve Mixed Team event with Haryana’s Ridhi

In a proud moment for the state of Sikkim, archer Tarundeep Rai representing India at the Archery World Cup won gold in the Recurve Mixed Team event with Haryana’s Ridhi Phor.

The 38-year-old archer Tarundeep Rai and 17-year-old Ridhi won the Recurve Mixed Team title in the world championships at Turkey’s Antalya by defeating Great Britain 5-4 in the shoot-off.

Notably, Tarundeep and Ridhi had been among the top four men and women recurve archers respectively at the selection trials last month.

Pairing up for the first time ever, two-time Olympian Rai and the 17-year-old Ridhi trailed twice 0-2 and 2-4 but held their nerve to close out the tie 5-4 (35-37, 36-33, 39-40, 38-37 18-17) en route their maiden gold medal.

This victory of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi Phor has come as India’s second medal in the Archery World Cup.

India thus concluded its campaign in the first event of the calendar year with two gold medals, the first coming through the compound men’s team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, and Aman Saini on Saturday.

It may be mentioned here that Tarundeep Rai has already secured a spot in the Indian archery squad for the 2022 Asian Games spot to be held in Hangzhou, China from 10th to 25th of September, 2022.

First Published: 24th April, 2022 18:49 IST

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