Iran men’s national compound team displayed its superiority to win the title of the prestigious sports event. In the women’s event Russian team won the title. The Indian women’s archers lost in the finals by a whisker to Russia in the tiebreaker 27-28. The 2015 World Archery Championships, which was the 48th edition of the event, was staged from July 26 to August 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Indian women’s recurve archery team of Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly had to settle for the silver as they lost the World Championship final 4-5 to Russia in an edge-of-the-seat encounter. The Russian team comprising Inna Stepanova, Ksenia Perova and Tuyana Dashidorzhieva clinched the contest in a nerve-wrecking tie-breaker which ended 28-27 in their favor. The Indian trio were quick to get off the blocks to claiming the first set 56-54. They were again steady in the second set to clinch it 54-53 and thus a 4-0 lead. The Indians crumbled under pressure in the fourth set as they hit scores of six, seven and eight. The total they amassed was 50 that were easily surpassed by their rivals. They could not comeback in the fourth also and thus leveled at 4-4, taking the match into the tie-breaker.
The decider turned out to be a thrilling contest as India’s 10 was matched with another 10 points from Russia. But an eight-pointer cost India the match as the Russian trio hit two back-to-back nine pointers to clinch the contest and the gold medal.
Iran’s Esmaeil Ebadi, Amir Kazempour and Majid Qeidi recorded impressive performance in the final match of the compound section. The Iranian trio went two points down during the first end of the gold medal match against Canada, and the deficit remained after a further six arrows. Iranian archers then came from behind over the back two ends, and took the game to the wire to snatch a draw. Iranians shots two six-arrow ends of 57, and Canadian sportsmen managed to secure a pair of 56-point series.