World Archery Championships 2021: Indian compound archers confirm two medals

The 2021 World Archery Championships is currently underway in Yankton, South Dakota, United States. India is featuring in all the categories of both compound and recurves events.

The Indian compound archers have been impressive so far as they have advanced to gold medal matches in two team events. But the recurve archers have put up a disappointing performance till now.

The compound mixed team of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha qualified for the final and confirmed medal. The 5th seeded duo got a bye in the round and then gained victories over Russian Archery Federation (12th seed) 157-50, Netherlands (4th seed) 157-155 and South Korea (8th seed) 159-156. They will face Colombia in the final on Friday.

Jyothi Surekha combined with Muskan Kiran and Priya Gurjar to enter the final in the women’s team event as well. The trio, ranked 7th after the qualification round, won against Denmark (10th seed) 235-226, Great Britain (2nd seed) 230-230 (28*-28) and United States (3rd seed) 226-225 on their way to the final. They will be up against Colombia in the final which will be played on Friday.

However, it was a setback for the men’s trio of Abhishek Verma, Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Rishabh Yadav as they crashed out in the quarterfinals. The 5th seeded Indian team got a bye in the round and defeated 12th seed Italy 236-230 before being defeated in a highly competitive quarterfinal against 13th seed Austria where they lost 235-238.

Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha have also made it to the quarterfinals of men’s and women’s individual events respectively. The other Indians in the fray could not get past the third round. Priya Gurjar and Muskan were eliminated in the third round while Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Rishabh Yadav were knocked out in the second round.

In recurve individual events, Ankita Bhakat is the only Indian surviving in the championship as she has marched into the final eight of women’s individual events. Ankita’s teammates, Komalika Bari and Ridhi Phor were ousted in the third round and second round respectively. Among men’s, Aditya Choudhary entered the pre-quarterfinal stage before going out while Atul Verma and Parth Salunkhe were eliminated in the second round and first-round respectively.

The recurve teams put up a poor show as men’s and mixed teams could not go past the round of 16 while women’s teams were knocked out in the quarterfinals.

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