India reigns with 37 gold medals in South Asian archery

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Jamshedpur, Mar 9 (UNI) It was a one-sided affair among the SAARC countries as hosts India emerged champion with 62 medals, including 37 gold, followed by Nepal with 15 and medals, including one gold, and Bhutan with 18 medals on the concluding day of the three-day second South Asian Archery Championship at J R D Tata sports complex here today.

Indian golden girls V Pranitha and Namita Yadav proved their supremacy in the individual events of women's recurve and compound rounds respectively.

While Pranitha bagged gold with 100 points, the Jharkhand girl Namita hit bull's eye with accuracy to collect 109 points for gold.

Another Jharkhand girl Asrita Karketta captured silver in the compound round with 345 points.

Sri Lanka's Sunetra got bye to get bronze in this event. Bhutan girls showed some talents in the women's individual recurve when Dorji Dolma and Dorji Dema picked up silver and bronze respectively.

In the men's individual recurve round India's Raju Adonda maintained his good form to hit bull's eye brilliantly to bag gold while Prem Prasad Pun of Nepal and Tashi Peljor of Bhutan got silver and bronze respectively.

In the men's compound individual round Sanjay Swansia struck arrows to the bull's eye perfectly to clinch gold while his compatriot Deepak Karmakar captured silver and Nepal's Dil Kumar Gurung had to be satisfied with bronze.

India's domination continued in the team championship too as in the men's recurve and compound round the hosts was placed first while Bhutan got both the silver and bronze in recurve round, in the compound round silver and bronze went to Nepal and Bangladesh respectively.

In the women's recurve team championship Bhutan and Sri Lanka shared the silver and bronze medals.

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