Silver in kitty, Rahul eyes gold

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By TUHIN DUTTA in Jamshedpur
  • Published 23.04.08

Jamshedpur, April 23: After winning the silver medal in the recently concluded World Cup Archery Championship at Porec, Croatia, Rahul Banerjee, the brother of ace archer Dola Banerjee, is aiming high.

This time he has set his sights on the selection trials for the Indian contingent for the third and fourth phase of the World Cup Archery. The event is slated to be held in Meerut soon.

Rahul knows well about what has to be done to reach his goal.

“Now, I am concentrating on playing more matches, which will boost my confidence. In the next tournament I will aim for the gold,” said Rahul.

Sharing his experiences with The Telegraph after returning from Porec, Rahul said: “During the final the French archer had shot so well in the opening ties that it was hard for me to make a comeback and the differ- ence of points went on increasing.”

Rahul said that Girouille Romain of France, who has been in a great form of late, finished at fifth position at the World Cup Stage 1 in Santo Domingo two weeks ago. Girouille started strong with a perfect first end of 10-10-10 (30) and took a four-point lead, while Rahul scored 10-9-7 (26).

He went on hitting the bullseye and in the end won the final. Rahul tried to make a comeback but could not manage to bag the gold.

“Although my confidence was high after the semi-final win over the Korean archer, I could not make it at the end,” said Rahul.

Rahul was pitted against Park Kyung-Mo of Korea in the semi-final clash. Both archers started with 26 points, after which Park, despite having a good set of arrows, could not hit the target and scored at 9-8-8. Rahul took the lead (54-51) and did not let go of the match.

He went on to consoli- date his position to 81-79 and with a final score of 110-107 he booked his berth in the final.

Rahul said that the weather condition played a vital part in the final match.

“The weather was chilling cold. On top of that a wind which was blowing consistently made our job tough,” said Rahul.

He represented the country in the Junior World Archery Championship at United Kingdom in 2004 and won a silver medal in the team event while he won gold and bronze in the FITA round in the Malaysia Grand Prix in the same year.