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Indian Archers Finish at Rock Bottom as Olympic Games Open

  • By PTI

  • Jul 27, 2012
  • LONDON,United Kingdom

    It was a disappointing start to the Olympics for India with the men's archery team finishing at the bottom in the ranking round held at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday.

    The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee combined for a score of 1,969 to finish 12th on a day when defending champions Korea shattered the world record with a tally of 2,087 to lead the rankings.

    Individually, Tarundeep Rai was the best-placed Indian at 31st place with 664 points from 72 shots. Banerjee was at 46th with 655 points, followed by Talukdar at 53rd with 650 points.

    For Korea, Dong Hyun Im set an individual world record with a score of 699/720. France finished a distant second in the raking round with a score of 2021.

    After the ranking round, the 12 teams will shoot in a head-to-head elimination format. Each team will shoot four sets of six arrows (two arrows per archer).

    The team with the highest total will win the match, with winning teams progressing through the draw until only the finalists remain.

    If two teams are tied, a three-arrow shoot-off is held. If this doesn't separate them, the team closest to the center of the target emerges the winner.

    The two winning teams from the respective semifinal matches compete in the gold medal match and the remaining teams compete for the bronze medal.

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