World Archery Championship: Jyothi and Abhishek sail through to compound quarterfinals

Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma cruised through to the quarterfinals of the women's and men's compound event respectively of the World Archery Championship on Thursday.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam

Jyothi Surekha Vennam in action. (File Image)   -  Special Arrangement

Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma cruised through to the quarterfinals of the women's and men's compound event respectively at the World Archery Championship on Thursday.

Surekha defeated her opponent So Chaewon of Korea 146-142 in the fourth round to enter the quarters. The Indian qualified sixth, while So qualified in the 22nd spot, earning Surekha byes till the third round. The 13th ranked Indian archer defeated Inge Van Der Ven of the Netherlands 147-144 to reach the fourth round.

In the men's compound event, Verma, who qualified seventh, beat Josef Bosansky of Slovakia 145-142 to enter the quarterfinals. He had narrowly defeated Furkan Oruc of Turkey 150-149 in the earlier round.

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However, other Indian archers failed to make it through to the quarterfinal stage. In the women's compound event, Priya Gurjar, who had defeated Korean Kim Yunhee in the third round, lost 138-141 to Amanda Mlinaric of Croatia. Her compatriot, Muskan also lost in the fourth round, 139-145 to Toja Ellison of Slovenia.

In the men's compound event, Rishabh Yadav and Sangampreet Singh Bisla were ousted in the second round. Yadav lost 143-146 to Germany's Sebastian Hamdore, while Bisla was edged out 144-145 by Oruc.

RECURVE ARCHERY

In the women's individual recurve event, Ankita Bhakat progressed to the quarterfinals. The 20th seeded Indian beat fourth-seeded Kang Chae Young of Korea 6-4 in the fourth round. Bhakat will next face USA's Casey Kaufhold in the last eight on Sunday.

Bhakat's compatriots - Komalika Bari and Ridhi - were eliminated from the competition. While Ridhi was beaten 4-6 by Japan's Tomomi Sugimoto in the second round, Bari lost 2-6 to Kang Chae Young in the third round.

No one from the Indian contingent could reach the quarterfinals in the men's individual recurve. After a nervous win in the first round, Aditya Choudhary comfortably won his second and third round encounters before ultimately losing 0-6 to Spain's Miguel Alvarino Garcia in fourth round.

While Atul Verma lost 4-6 to Dashnamjil Dorjsuren of Mongolia in the second round, Salunkhe Parth Sushant lost his opening round match in a shoot-off. After he and his opponent Maximilian Wechmueller of Germany ended at 5-5, the Indian could only hit an eight in the shoot-off whereas the German hit a perfect 10.

In the women's team event, the India trio of Bhakat, Ridhi and Bari bowed out from the quarterfinals after losing 2-6 to the Mexican team of Alejandra Valencia, Aida Roman and Ana Vazquez.

The men's team, comprising Salunkhe, Choudhary and Verma, could only reach the second round before being defeated 3-5 by the fourth-seeded Chinese Taipei team of Wei Chun-Heng, Yu Guan-Lin and Hung Cheng-Hao.

In the mixed team event, 16th-seeded Indian pair of Bhakat and Salunkhe beat Ukraine's Veronika Marchenko and Ivan Kozhokar 6-0 in the first round. However, the Indian duo then faced top-seeded Korean pair of An San and Kim Woojin in the second round and was knocked out after losing by 5-1.

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