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Sandeep Kumar, Rajat Chauhan and Abhishek Verma are a picture of delight after clinching the gold medal in the men's compound team archeryReuters

It took a while to come, but it finally did, and that too in the most impressive of fashions as the archery team struck gold in emphatic style by beating hosts South Korea in the final of the men's compound team event of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

India have been craving a gold medal ever since Jitu Rai got them off to a brilliant start right at the beginning of the Asian Games, and, even of it did take a long while to come, it was well worth the wait, with Rajat Chauhan, Sandeep Kumar and Abhishek Verma, who also won the individual silver later on, brilliantly getting India into that top step of the podium.

It was a stunning upset against the fancied Koreans, who would have expected to waltz into another gold medal, but the Indian trio pulled out all the stops to clinch the final 227-225.

Archery seems to be the place to be in terms of medals for India on Saturday, with the women's team winning a bronze medal a little earlier in the day.

The women's team of Trisha Deb, Purvasha Sudhir Shende and Surekha Jyothi won the bronze medal, India's favourite colour in the 2014 Asian Games, in the compound event after beating Iran, consisting of Sakineh Ghasempour, Maryan Ranjbarsari and Shabnam Sarlak, comfortably enough 224-217.

South Korea would not be denied a gold in the women's compound event, though as they hosts beat Chinese Taipei, who beat India in the semifinals on Friday, 229-226.

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