Abhishek Verma third in qualification round of Archery World Cup

Kim Jongho, of Korea, took the first seed, Mike Schloesser, of the Netherlands, came second, and Abhishek’s 18X put him in the third spot, ahead of eliminations.

In the round of 32, Abhishek Verma (above) will begin his campaign against Romeo Alejandro Trevino, of Mexico. (File Photo)   -  R.V. Moorthy

Asian Games gold medallist Abhishek Verma finished third in the qualification, to move to the round of 32, scoring 710 along with two others, in the first stage of the Archery World Cup, here, on Tuesday.

On a cold, damp morning, through which no single archer stood out, Kim Jongho, of Korea, took the first seed, with 31X, Mike Schloesser, of the Netherlands, came second, with 28X, and Abhishek’s 18X put him in the third spot, ahead of eliminations.

All three of them shot 710, out of possible 720, and seedings were decided on the basis of the number of X managed by the archers. In the round of 32, the Indian will begin his campaign against Romeo Alejandro Trevino, of Mexico.

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Rajat Chauhan was the next-best ranked Indian, in the qualification, as he bagged the 26th spot and got the better of his team-mate Sangampreet Singh Bisla (ranked 39), in the second round.

Chauhan will face Kristofer Schaff, of the USA, in round three. Chinna Raju Srither (ranked 37) also advanced to round three, going past Evren Cagiran, of Turkey.

In the women’s compound section, Jyothi Surekha Vennam (ranked 30) and Muskan Kirar (33) advanced into round three, while Madhumita Kumari (42) and Divya Dhayal (44) bowed out.