Indian para archer Rakesh Kumar finishes 3rd; Jyoti Balyan finishes 15th in compound open ranking round of Tokyo Paralympics

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Rakesh Kumar- Pic Courtesy: Telegraph India

Tokyo: Rakesh Kumar, an Indian para-archer, ranked 3rd in the men’s individual compound archery ranking round at the Tokyo Paralympics, while Shyam Sundar Swami placed 21st at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Friday.

Kumar hit 53 10s and 17 Xs in his 72 arrows, earning him a personal best score of 699 points out of a potential 720. Swami, on the other hand, finished the season with a season-high 682 points.

World number eight Kumar had a great start to the day, shooting 59, 57, and 59 in the first three rounds, while Swami had a positive start with 55, 57, and 55.

Kumar was in eighth place at the end of the first half, whereas Shyam Sundar Swami was in 26th place with 337 points.

Kumar then altered tactics substantially in the second half, repeatedly aiming for the bull’s eye to jump into the top five. To begin the second essay, he fired 58, 58, and 59. Kashmir athlete moved into third place after another stunning 59 and a perfect 60 in the fourth and fifth sets. He finished the ranking tournament with a 57 in the final round.

Swami made some progress as well, moving up to 22nd place after four rounds.

Meanwhile, Vivek Chikara, India’s ace recurve archer, placed 10th in the men’s individual recurve open ranking round, and Harvinder Singh placed 21st.

Chikara scored 609 out of a possible 720 points in 72 arrows, striking 20 10s and 2 Xs. Harvinder Singh, on the other hand, managed to earn 600 points on the field.

Earlier, India’s para archer Jyoti Balyan finished 15th with 671 points in the women’s individual compound open ranking round.

Balyan made a strong start to the qualification round, shooting three sets of 56 followed by a handful of 55s. She was ranked 13th after shooting 30 of the 72 arrows in qualification.

With a total of 556 points, Indian archer Balyan entered the last 12 throws in 16th place. She was in 16th place with 613 points prior to the final six strokes. Balyan managed to score 58 more points in the final six shots to finish in 15th place.

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