Pune: Sukhmani Barbekar is just of 19 years and this Amravati boy displayed immense calm to beat B Dhiraj of Andhra Pradesh 28-25, 27-26, 27-26 to clinch gold medal in the recurve event of the 38th National Archery Championship at Archery Outdoor Range in Army Sports Institute on Monday.
Sukhmani’s gold helped Maharashtra earn its first medal of yellow hue in this ongoing championship.
Earlier Maharashtra men’s team comprising Pravin Jadhav, Mayur Rokade and Shukhmani Barbekar and Tushar Shelke clinched silver medal.
“Last year also we had won only one medal in team event, so my aim was to give Maharashtra an individual medal and I am happy that I managed to win gold medal for my team,” Barbekar said after the match.
The Maharashtra young archer managed to hit bull’s eye thrice while his opponent could only manage it only once during the final.
“He (B Dhiraj) was also playing very well so I was nervous a bit but getting instructions from my coach allowed me to calm down and I was able to focus on my match,” added Sukhmani who is sponsored by Olympic Gold Quest since last one year.
“Sukhmani is very hard working boy and today his hard-work has paid off,” said his coach Samir Maske.
Olympian Deepika Kumari from Jharkhand faced no major difficulty and overcome Ankita Bhakat 29-25, 27-26, 29-27 to claim the gold medal in an all-Jharkhand final.
Deepika started off nicely with opening the first set with couple of bulls eye shots to set up the things nicely. Her opponent, could not find bull’s eye in the first set.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, hit bulls eye thrice in the next two sets to claim gold medal.