| Jayanta Talukdar congratulates L. Bombayla Devi at the SAI on Wednesday. Picture by Santosh Ghosh
Calcutta: L. Bombayla Devi on Wednesday entered into the sporting history of Manipur. In the womenís recurve final of the Olympic individual round, she upset Sumangala of Uttar Pradesh 111-99 points and became the first Manipur girl to win a senior national archery title.
Bombayla Devi, thus, capped a fine day after scalping two heavyweights, Sushma and Dola Banerjee in the semi-finals and quarter finals, respectively. In the final, held at the SAI Eastern Centre, Sumangala showed signs of uneasiness and lost concentration having missed the targets at crucial times. The Manipuri girl, on the other hand, rose to the occasion and completely outshone her fancied rival.
If the day will be remembered for Bombayla Deviís history-scripting performance, Santosh Tamangís was a tale of sheer frustration. The SSCB archer erased Vivek Kumarís national record (113) by scoring 117 in the quarter finals of the senior compound menís event. Vivek was the defending champion but could not participate due to illness.
In the final, Santosh then waged a brave fight against Jayantilal Nanoma of Rajasthan and both settled for 110 points out of the maximum 120. In the tie-breaker, Jayantilal, however, pipped him to the title with a 9-8 verdict in his favour.
The day also saw another record being scripted by Manjudha Soy in the senior compound womenís event. In the semi-finals, the Jharkhand girlís score of 117 (en route to beating Niva Karketta) was one point better than Jhanu Hansdaís mark, set in the last nationals in Ernakulam.
In the final, Manjudha got the better of her JAA mate Renu Munda by 116-104 points. Jhanu finished third.
Meanwhile, Jayanta Talukdar retained the menís curve title, beating Uttar Pradesh rival Vishwash by 112-107 points. Their statemate Rahul Banerjee ' who is the brother of Dola and who obliterated Limba Ramís long-standing record on Tuesday, won the bronze.
Olympic individual round ' Menís recurve final: Jayanta Talukdar (JAA) 112 bt Vishwash (UP) 107. 3rd place: Rahul Banerjee (JAA) 111 bt Gurcharan Besra (SCB) 102.
Womenís recurve final: L. Bombayla Devi (Mani) 111 bt Sumangla Sharma (UP) 99. 3rd place: Sushma 102 (UP) bt Punya Prabha (UP) 100.
Senior compound ' Menís final: Jayantilal Nanoma (Raj) 110 (9) bt Santosh Tamang (SCB) 110 (8). 3rd place: Naresh Damor (ITB) 105 bt Sanand Mitra (IR) 103.
Womenís final: Manjudha Soy (JAA) 116 bt Renu Munda (JAA) 104. 3rd place: Jhanu Hansadh (JAA) 109 bt Niva Kerketta (JAA) 103.