Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sanam eyeing for gold in 2010 CW Games

Andhra Pradesh's Isiah Rajendra Sanam, who became the first Indian male archer to win an Asian Championships gold in Dhaka recently, said his next aim is to bring laurels for the country in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

"I am really happy about my performance; it gives me immense confidence ahead of the Commonwealth Games. I hope to continue my good show and win a gold in Delhi," said the 32-year-old after the triumphant Indian team arrived at the SAI Eastern Centre here, after winning six medals at the Asian Archery Championships in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday.

Sanam, who clinched two gold in the compound team and individual sections in Bali, said he had a tough final against fourth-ranked Indonesian Nyoman Puruhito.

"We were going neck-and-neck and the conditions (in Bali) were extremely difficult with winds changing directions rapidly. In the last end of three arrows, I shot two bull's eyes and one nine points to settle the issue," said the 15th ranked compound archer about his 106-103 upset win over Puruhito.

Archery Association of India President Vijay Kumar Malhotra congratulated the Indian contingent on their impressive show in Indonesia.

India had won two gold, two silver and as many bronze medals.

The men's compound team of Sanam, Chinna Raju Srither, and Kh Ratan Singh won gold. Sanam then made a double winning the compound individual title at the tournament that concluded on Sunday.

The recurve men's team of Mangal Singh Champia, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee won silver, while the women trio of Jhanu Hansdah, Namita Yadav and Manjudha Soy finished second in compound team event.

Olympian Talukdar and Manjudha bagged bronze in individual recurve and compound categories respectively.


Sabs said...

Please note that Dhaka never hosted the Asian Championship. It had organised the 5th Asian Grand Prix archery tournament where India's Chungda Sherpa won the individual gold medal in the men's compound section. For more information on archery in India, please visit