Archer Champia qualifies for Beijing in individual recurve

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) India's Mangal Singh Champia has booked a berth for Beijing Olympics in men's recurve individual event by winning bronze in the 15th Asian Archery Championship which concluded at Xian, China, today.

Champia had beaten Amano Ryato of Japan in men's recurve individual third place play-off today. He had earlier lost to Korean Park Kyo Moon 112-114 in the semi-finals.

India returned with one gold, one silver and three bronze from the September 14 to 20 championship, an Archery Association of India statement said.

Champia, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee had won gold in the recurve team event, defeating Malaysia 222-219 in a closely-fought final. They had beaten formidable China 225-223 in the semi-finals.

In women's individual compound event, Jhanu Hansdah also won a bronze by getting the better of Malaysian Siti Aisah 110-108 in the third palce play-off.

Hansdah, Manjudha Soy and Bheigyabati Chanu won silver in women's compound team event while Dola Banerjee, Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro won bronze in women's recurve team event.

Archery Association of India President Vijay Kumar Malhotra congratulated the archers for their stupendous performance.

Indian women's recurve team of Dola Banerjee, Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro had already qualified for next year's Olympics after reaching the quarter-finals in the World Outdoor Target Archery Championship held at Leipzig in Germany in July.

UNI

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