World Archery Championships: Jyothi stars as Indian compound archers reach two finals

V. Jyothi Surekha shone brightly as India reached the finals of the compound women’s and mixed team events in the World archery championships.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: The Indian duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam beat Korea to reach the final of the compound mixed team event at the World Archery Championships in Yankton, US, on Thursday.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

V. Jyothi Surekha shone brightly as India reached the finals of the compound women’s and mixed team events in the World archery championships.

The seventh-ranked Indian women’s trio of Jyothi, Muskan Kirar and cadet world champion Priya Gurjar first ensured a medal by reaching the final. Then Jyothi combined with Abhishek Verma to ensure a place for the country in the mixed team title duel.

India, which has never won a gold medal in the event, will meet Colombia, ranked first and second in women and mixed events respectively, in both finals on Friday.

 

The seventh-ranked Indian women’s team beat Denmark 226-225, the second-ranked Great Britain 230-230 (30-28) and the formidable USA – consisting of Linda Ochoa-Anderson, Paige Pearce and Makenna Proctor – in the semifinals to book a spot in the summit clash.

The Indian mixed duo of Abhishek and Jyothi, ranked fifth, beat Russia 157-150, the Netherlands 157-155 before getting the better of Korea, comprising Yunhee Kim and Jong Ho Kim, 159-156 to reach the final.

It is a unique distinction for Jyothi as she has been a member of all the Indian compound teams which have taken medals – including the team silver in Mexico in 2017 and a team bronze in the Netherland in 2019 – in the World championships so far. She is the only Indian female archer to have won an individual bronze medal in the Netherlands two years ago.

The Jyothi and Abhishek pair has been the country’s most successful duo as they have bagged two gold, two silver and five bronze medals, apart from the one here, in international competitions.

The men’s compound team of Abhishek, Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Rishabh Yadav went down fighting to Austria 238-235 in the third round.

The recurve archers also lost before reaching the medal rounds. The young men’s team of Parth Salunkhe, Aditya Choudhary and Atul Verma lost to Chinese Taipei 5-3 in the second round.
The women’s side, including Ankita Bhakat and Ridhi and Komalika Bari, was beaten by Mexico 6-2 in the third round.

The mixed recurve team of Salunkhe and Ankita was ousted by Korea 5-1 in the second round.

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