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India bag gold in World Archery Youth Championships

Sukhbeer Singh and Raginee Markoo prevailed over their Swiss opponents Andrea Vallaro and Janine Hunsperger 152-147 to clinch their second medal of the World Archery Youth Championships

Madrid: India clinched a gold medal in the compound junior mixed team event of the World Archery Youth Championships here on Saturday.

Sukhbeer Singh and Raginee Markoo prevailed over their Swiss opponents Andrea Vallaro and Janine Hunsperger 152-147 to clinch their second medal of the tournament.

Sukhbeer had won a bronze in the junior compound team event on Friday.

India are also in the hunt for a second gold as Komalika Bari will take on Sonoda Waka of Japan in the recurve cadet summit clash on Sunday.

Sukhbeer and Raginee made a strong start and shot consistently to keep the Swiss pair at bay.

In the first end, the Indian duo shot two 10s to win 38-36, and they followed it up with three 10s in the second end to make it 39-37.

Andrea and Janine gave some fight in the third end but Sukhbeer and Raginee managed to prevail by one point (37-36) for an overall five-point lead.

Both shot 38-all in the final end but the Indians’ overall lead was enough to clinch the issue 114-109.

In October 2018, teenage shooting star Manu Bhaker was named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in Archery for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games which was held in Buenos Aires from 6-18 October.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra had announced during the send-off ceremony that the 16-year-old Bhaker would lead the Indian team in the opening ceremony.

A contingent of 68 members, including 46 athletes, had competed in 13 sports during the prestigious event which was held in Argentina.

Goa Olympic Association Secretary Gurudutta D Bhakta was the Chef-de-Mission of the contingent.

It was India’s largest ever contingent at the Youth Olympics. Hockey had the most number of Indian participants with 18 (nine each in men’s and women’s team) while track and field had seven athletes. Other Indian participants were in: shooting (4), recurve archery (2), badminton (2), swimming (2), table tennis (2), weightlifting (2), wrestling (2), rowing (2), boxing (1), judo (1), sport climbing (1).

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