In absence of Asian heavyweights Korea and China, the Indian archers ruled the roost in the under-18 (cadet) section, where the men’s, women’s and mixed pair teams emerged world champions.
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Priya Gurjar, who had topped the qualification round and the team set a world record, narrowly missed the individual gold, going down to Selene Rodriguez by three points (136-139) to settle for a silver.
Priya, Parneet Kaur and Ridhu Senthil Kumar had combined for 2067 to better the previous record by 22 points.
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Parneet bagged a bronze, defeating Hallie Boulton of Great Britain 140-135.
Later in the day, India will fight for a fourth gold in junior woman individual section. India are also in hunt for a second bronze in junior men’s individual.
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Earlier the women’s team Priya, Parneet and Ridhi Varshini, who had shattered a four-year-old record in the rankings round, put up a splendid show to defeat their rivals from Turkey 228-216 en route to the gold medal.
The men’s team of Kushal Dalal, Sahil Chaudhary and Nitin Apar followed suit, shocking the top seeds USA 233-231 in an intriguing contest to bag gold.
The Indian trio won the first end narrowly (58-57) and extended their lead by two points by shooting 59 out of 60 in the second end.
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In the third end, the Indians shot five perfect 10s for a three-point advantage that proved decisive as the USA trio of Sawyer Sullivan, Isaac Sullivan and Nathan Zimmerman failed to overcome the deficit despite winning the fourth end (59-58).
The top-seeded mixed pair of Priya and Dalal then made a clean sweep in the cadet team events, defeating third seed USA 155-152 en route to bagging a third gold.
India are also in line for five more gold and two bronze medals in the recurve section on Sunday.