New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) Lack of equipment, hostile conditions and even bouts of viral fever could not bog them down as Indian archers returned with five medals from the just concluded 9th Junior and 3rd Cadet World Championship held in Merida, Mexico from October 15-21.
For the first time, the archers had such a rich haul of one Gold, three Silver and a Bronze medal and the tally could have gone further up but for a series of setbacks.
''Lack of experience cost us a few more medals and the archers also struggled with the wind there. And then some of them had viral fever. Still, we are proud of their performance and it augurs well for future,'' President of the Archery Association of India VK Malhotra told reporters, after felicitating the archers here today.
Mr Malhotra also promised cash award for the archers.
Paltan Hansdah became junior world champions in the compound event after he landed the Gold. Prabhat Kandir (junior men recurve), V Pranitha (cadet girls recurve) and the junior women compound team -- comprising Sweety Kumari, Niva Kerketta and M Rishita -- earned the Silver medals while the cadet boys recurve team -- consisting of Ravinder Hembram, A Raju and Rajiv Basumatary -- bagged the Silver.
''We took up compound event only a couple of years back and already the results are showing. It's a huge morale-booster for us and I hope they continue the form,'' coach Sanjeeva Singh said.
Team Manager Gunjan Abrol rued the cadet team could not play up to its potential because of a viral fever.
''They were quite confident but three of them were down with viral fevers just before the event and that cost them a medal,'' he said.
And while budget for the 2010 Commonwealth Games continues to raise hackle, India lost a potential Gold because of lack of equipment in the meet.
Pratima Boro, who shoot 110, 111 and 107 in the previous matches, had her limb broken in the semifinal and playing with a borrowed set, she could not keep her focus and shot a poor 91, as against 104 by her Australian opponent, the eventual Gold medallist.
''Once it was broken, so was my rhythm. And you just don't feel comfortable with another set,'' rued Pratima.
Jharkhand teen Paltan Hansda, however, was happy with his show.
''It was so windy there but still I managed to shoot 113 and beat my American rival (Paul Tedford) by one point. In better conditions at home, I shoot around 116-117 but still it was a good show, considering sudden wind threatened to sweep away my shots,'' he recalled.
Meanwhile, AAI President Mr Malhotra announced that as part of preparation for the Asian Games, India would participate in the Asian Circuit Championship in Myanmar from November 1-6.
''After that, we would host the Commonwealth Championship in Jamshedpur from November 8-11 and already 10 countries have confirmed their participation,'' he added.
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