National archery: Priyansh, Jyothi Surekha emerge as champions

Priyansh shoots well under pressure and gets the better of C. Srither in the final to win the compound men’s event.

V. Jyothi Surekha won the women's individual gold medal. - CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR (FILE)

Delhi lad Priyansh shot well under pressure to emerge as the compound men's individual champion in the National archery championships at the M. A. Stadium in Jammu on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, placed 20th in the rankings with 696, beat a formidable Prathamesh Fuge 150-149 in the semifinals and got the better of C. Srither in the final via a sensational shoot-off. Priyansh and Srither scored an identical 144. Both hit the ‘X’ in the shoot-off, but Priyansh was declared the winner as his arrow was closer to the centre.

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World championships medallist V. Jyothi Surekha defeated seasoned archer Trisha Deb 148-143 in the last four before getting past the young Priya Gurjar 146-143 in the final to win the women's individual gold medal.

The Delhi pair of Abhishek Verma and Aishwarya Sharma beat Maharashtra's Prathamesh Jawkar and Aditi Swami 156-154 in the mixed team title clash.

The results (Compound)
  • Individual: Men: Final: Priyansh (Del) bt C. Srither (Aru) 144-144 (10*-10); Third place: Prathamesh Fuge (Mah) bt K. Venkatadri (AP) 147-147 (10-9); Women: Final: V. Jyothi Surekha (PSPB) bt Priya Gurjar (Raj) 146-143; Third place: Avneet Kaur (Pun) bt Trisha Deb (RSPB) 143-142.
  • Team: Mixed: Final: Delhi bt Maharashtra 156-154; Third place: Punjab bt Madhya Pradesh 156-153.

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