Asian archery c’ship: India’s compound archers impress

India’s elite archers finished their campaign with a haul of two gold, three silver and a bronze medal.

Abhishek Verma contributed in three medals in the compound division.   -  R. V. Moorthy (File Photo)

Ahead of the Asian Games next year, Indian elite archers finished their campaign in the Asian archery championship with a haul of two gold, three silver and a bronze medal here. Abhishek Verma contributed in three medals in the compound division. The Delhi-based archer took the gold medal, beating Korean Jongho Kim 147-147 via shoot-off in the final. He was also part of the men’s team and mixed team which secured silver medals.

In the compound men’s team event, India – comprising Rajat Chauhan, Gurwinder Singh and Abhishek – lost to Korea’s Yonghee Choi, Jongho Kim and Taeyoon Kim 234-232, while the mixed team event India – comprising V. Jyothi Surekha and Abhishek – lost to the Korean pair of Jongho Kim and Chaewon So 157-153.

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Parveena, Trisha Deb and Jyothi Surekha claimed the women’s team gold medal by beating Korea’s Bomin Choi, Yun Soo Song and Chaewon So 230-227. Surekha also bagged the individual women’s bronze medal by getting the better of Ting-Ting Wu of Chinese Taipei 146-142.

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India managed a lone silver medal in the important recurve division after the trio of Yashdev, Jayanta Talukdar and Atanu Das was defeated by the Korean team of Seungyun Lee, Seok Woo Lee and Jongho Kim 5-1.

Meanwhile, in the cadet section, Akash beat Dhiraj Bommadevara 6-4 in the final to win the men’s recurve title, while Himani beat Vietnamese Bayasgalan Badamjunai 7-1 for the women’s recurve bronze medal. They have qualified for the Youth Olympic Games next year.