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Ex-Tata archers shine on Day One

They hit the bullseye at their old backyard.

Manjudha Soy and Chakrovolu Swuro picked up gold medals on the inaugural day of the 32nd Sahara Senior (Recurve and Compound) National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Manjudha and Chakrovolu, who learnt the nuances of the game as cadets of Tata Archery Academy (TAA), are representing Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) and Nagaland, respectively. Manjudha, who hails from Seraikela, claimed the top slot in women’s individual compound with an impressive score of 693 (out of 720). The tribal archer outclassed V. Jyoti Surekha of Andhra Pradesh (675) and Punjab’s Parveena (675). Though both Jyoti and Parveena notched identical scores, the former was adjudged second as she hit the centre of the target (35) more accurately than her rival (32).

Chakrovolu, who is employed with Nagaland Police and has qualified for this year’s London Olympics, scored 330 in women recurve (70m distance) while edging out our very own Deepika Kumari (326), who is representing Steel Plant Sports Board (SPSB), and Satbir Kaur of Punjab (323).

In men’s individual compound, Rajasthan’s Rajat Chauhan called the shots with a score of 702. Vishwas, who is representing the SSCB unit, won the men’s individual recurve top slot (329).

The highly experienced archer, who is in the circuit for several years now, pushed behind Olympian Mangal Singh Champia (317) and Kapil (317) of RSPB. Champia, a native of Chaibasa in West Singhbhum, struck the centre of the target 11 times, against 10 by Kapil.

The championship, which will conclude on January 29, was inaugurated by Tata Steel vice-president Sanjiv Paul in the presence of Archery Association of India’s secretary-general Paresh Nath Mukherjee, among others.

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