Indian women’s and mixed teams managed to win silver medals at the ongoing World Archery Championships in Yankton. The Indian women’s compound team and the mixed team had reached the gold medal match and faced Colombia in both finals. But both failed in difficult windy conditions against opponents who were too strong and in better control of the conditions.
India had reached the final six times at the World Championships earlier, but failed to win gold each time. They were aiming to win their first world title on Friday, but their hopes were dashed by a strong performance from Colombia, who won gold for the first time after 2017.
In the compound women’s team, India composed of Jyoti Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar lost to the Colombian team of Sara Lopez
Alejandra Usquiano and Nora Valdez 229-224 and had to settle for the silver medal.
In the mixed compound final, the Indian team of Jyothi and Abhishek Verma lost to Colombians Sara Lopez and Daniel Munoz 150-154.
The compound women’s team final started off as a close affair with India and Colombia shooting 58 of a possible 60 in the first end (set), with the Indians shooting three 10s, one X and two 9s in six arrows while that the Colombian women have arrived. with three 10sm two X’s and one 8.
Some 8’s with two 9’s and two X’s meant India could only score 54 in the second end (set) and Colombia shot 55 to lead 113-112.
The Indians continued to struggle with the conditions and lost the third end 56-58, the gap widening to three points now (171-168). Their hopes of regaining ground in the fourth and final end (set) were thwarted by an 8 on the first arrow of this series. They shot two Xs, a 10 and two 9s in the remaining five arrows for 56 but the Colombians didn’t falter and shot 58 with three 10s, an X and a 9 to win the gold, 229-224 .
In the mixed compound team final, Jyoti Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma got off to a good start taking a one point lead (39-38) after the first end, shooting three 10s and a 9 against three 9s and a 10 by Colombian duo Sara Lopez and Daniel Munoz.
The Indians fell behind in the second end as they only managed 36 (10, 8, 9, 9) compared to the Colombians’ nearly perfect 39 (10, 10, 10, 9) and were trailing behind 75-77.
The Colombians had a perfect 40 in the third end while the Indians could only score 36 (10, 9, 8, 9), the gap widening to six (111-117).
Jyothi and Abhishek did their best in the fourth and final end and won it 39-27, but the gap was too big to close in a end and they had to settle for the money behind the end. Colombia.
It was truly an eventful day for our country at the Senior Archery World Championship in Yankton, USA with India winning 2 silver medals, one in compound women team (Jyoti, Muskan and Priya) and the other in a mixed team (Jyoti and Abhishek). pic.twitter.com/EabVQxCHQ8
– Arjun Munda (@MundaArjun) September 25, 2021
In the recurve section, the Asian powerhouse South Korea took home all three gold medals taking the titles in the women’s team, men’s team and mixed team competitions. No Indian team had reached the medal round in recurve.
Meanwhile, India remains in contention for three medals in the individual compound events, with Verma and Jyothi scheduled to compete in their respective quarter-finals later on Saturday.
Ankita Bhakat is also in the recurve melee and will play her round of 16 on Sunday.