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Bombayla Devi, Basumatary win archery tourney

 JAMSHEDPUR, April 8 (PTI): L Bombayla Devi of Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) and Rajiv Basumatary of Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) emerged champions at the 2nd National Ranking Archery Tournament in women and menís recurve section at JRD Tata Sports Complex here today. They defeated top ranked Deepika Kumar and Atanu Das of Steel Plant Sports Board (SPSB). Olympians Jyanta Talukdar (SPSB) brushed aside Rahul Banerjee (RSPB) 6-2 in the menís section while Rimil Buriuly (RSPB) outplayed her team-mate former World Cup champion Dola Banerjee 6-0 to grab the third place in the womenís section.

Trisha Deb of Punjab emerged champion in the womenís compound section defeating Manjudha Soy (RSPB) 138-135 points while Kh Ratan Singh (SSCB) came better off Rajat Chouhan (Rajasthan) 141-139 in the menís section. Gangandeep Kaur of RSPB beat P Lily Chanu (Manipur) to finish third in the women group while M Gandhi Singh outclassed L Haridas of SSCB 141-124 in the menís section.

In the womenís recurve final, Bombayla Devi avenged her loss against the World cup champion Deepika Kumar at the 1st National Ranking Archery Tournament held in February last at Hyderabad.

Bombayla dominated the proceeding right from the start scoring 10-9-10 and 10-9-9 in the first two sets of the best of five against Deepikaís 10-9-9 and 10-9-8 before 18-year-old local girl Deepika bounced back clinching the third set 8-10-9 against RSPB archerís 8-9-8. However, 28-year-old Bombayla put her acts together and retaliated in the fourth set scoring 28 points (9-9-10) against Deepikaís 26 (9-X-7) to clinch the top slot.

In the menís final, Rajiv Basumatary accumulated four straight points winning the first two sets against Das, who restored parity claiming the next two sets. In the final set Basumatary scored 29 points (10-10-9) against Dasís 28 (9-9-10) to top the ranking.

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