Pune: Maharashtra archers Swapnil Dhamdhere and Purvasha Shende claimed the bronze medal in the Compound Bow mixed team event of the 38th National Archery Championship at Archery Outdoor Range, Army Sports Institute on Thursday.
The team of Swapnil and Purvasha defeated Y Charan Reddy and Trisha Deb of Railway Sports Promotion Board 153-150.
“Winning the medal is a good feeling, but I wish, I could have done much better and earned more medals for Maharashtra,” said Dhamdhere to Sakal Times.
Overall Maharashtra claimed three medals in the National Championship, which concluded on Thursday. Sukhmani Barbekar claimed a gold in individual recurve bow event final while the men’s team of Pravin Jadhav, Mayur Rokade and Sukhmani earned a silver earlier.
“I wanted to earn a medal in the individual event but I was not well prepared for the windy conditions and it cost me a lot during the championship. I wish that our city, Pune had more open grounds so that I could have prepared in a much better way,” added Dhamdhere, who has qualified for the National Games, scheduled to take place in Goa this November.
Amongst the men, Arjuna awardee Rajat Chauhan of Rajasthan claimed a gold defeating Kawalpreet Singh of Delhi 147-144.
Rajat started the first set 30-28. In the second set, Kawalpreet fired three bull’s eye shots to clinch a set with the score line of 30-29. Rajat could only manage to hit two bull’s eye shots and collected 9 points on third bow.
Leading with one point, Rajat collected 30 points in the next set while his opponent Kawalpreet scored 29. In the fourth set as well, the duo scored 30-29 with Rajat hitting on the bull’s eye thrice.
Going into the final set, with a three-point lead, Rajat managed to keep the lead intact and earned a gold medal as both the archers scored 28-all. In the girls battle, V Jyothin Surekha of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) clinched a gold medal while Trisha from Railway Sports Promotion Board clinched a silver. The bronze medal went to Sakshi Vaidwan of Uttar Pradesh.
Compound Bow Event:
Men: 1. Rajat Chouhan (Raj), 2. Kawalpreet Singh (Del), 3. Sangampreet Singh Bisla (Pun).
Women: 1. V Jyothin Surekha (PSPB), 2. Trisha Deb (RSPB), 3. Sakshi Vaidwan (UP).
Mixed Team: 1. Punjab, 2. Haryana, 3. Maharashtra.