Arunachal Archers script history, clinch Gold in Olympic event

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Itanagar, February 9: The women archers scripted history by winning the maiden gold medal for Arunachal Pradesh in National Games.
The history was created when the quartet of Sorang Yumi, Genung Tekseng, Maselu Mihu and Netan Drema Khrimey beat Punjab in the final of the Women’s Olympic Team Event to win Gold medal in the 35th National Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ernakulam, Kerala, Sunday morning, informed Chef De Mission Daniel Teli.

They scored 226 points while runners up Punjab scored 223 points.They beat Jharkhand in quarterfinal and Andhra Pradesh in Semifinal (227- 217 points) before beating Punjab in the final.
Meanwhile, Sorang Yumi bagged a silver medal in Olympic Individual event today evening, informed coach Kh. Elashini Devi. She beat her opponent from Jharkhand in the semifinal on Sunday, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.
Elated by the news of Arunachal Archery Team winning Gold in the 35th National Games being held in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has congratulated the team for the rare feat achieved. The budding archers led by their coach Kh.
Elashini Devi have proved their mettle in the National Games which has eventually raised high hopes of them getting qualified for the next Olympics. “It is really a rare feat achieved by our young sportspersons from our state and I know it is just a beginning”, a confident and visibly happy Tuki said.
“I on behalf of the Government and the people of the state congratulate our sportspersons who have proved beyond doubt that youths from the state have everything in them to compete at the highest level and win medals. We Arunachalees are no less than anybody!” he further added.
He hoped that the youths would put best foot forward to bring more laurels for the state and the country in the days to come.
Chief Minister also conveyed his gratitude and appreciation to the Chef De Mission, Coaches and Officials of the team.
Dani Salu, Secretary, Sports & Youth Affairs, DK Dinglow, Director, Sports & Youth Affairs, Arunachal Olympic Association President Padi Richo, Secretary General Geshi Doke, Arunachal Archery Association Secretary Tadar Appa have also congratulated the women archery team for brining laurels to the state by winning gold medal in the prestigious event.

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