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Gold for Rahul

Calcutta: Archer Rahul Banerjee felt excruciating pain while shooting during the 3rd All-India Railway Archery Championship at the SAI Complex.

The strain on his left-leg was because of a fibula fracture in the right — a result of a bike accident he suffered last month. The intensity of the pain, though, ebbed after he won the tournament. On Sunday, at the Olympic round final, Banerjee beat Mangal Singh Champia to clinch the gold.

“Effectively, I had to play with one leg,” Rahul quipped. “Still, I’m happy as the result went my way. It’s certainly a unique experience if you emerge successful at a competition despite major difficulties,” he added.

Going into the tournament after a 22-day bed-rest, Rahul at present has his eyes on the Indoor Archery World Cup, which begins from December 7 in Singapore.

“I’m very much eager to participate, though I also have to speak to my physio on this matter. I have to make sure the injury does not aggravate. Nonetheless, I’m hopeful of a recovery within a week or two,” he said.