Indian teams – women and mixed – advanced to the compound arch finals of the 2021 Hyundai World Archery Championships in Yankton, USA.

Ranked seventh in the world, the women’s team consisting of V Jyothi Surekha with a world ranking out of 13, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar were in great shape and held their nerves as they stunned hosts USA 226-225 to enter the final and meet the seeded Columbia who beat France 234-220 in the other semi-final game.

The fifth-ranked mixed team of Abhishek and Jyoti has shocked Koreans Kim Yunhee and Kim Jongho 159-156 and will face second seed Colombia in the summit clash.

This is the sixth final for Indian archers who have never won the gold medal.

Jyothi Surekha, 25 and Trump of India, won three medals including a silver medal and a bronze medal in the previous edition in 2019 in Mexico. Arjuna de Vijayawada’s award-winning archer scored 684 out of 720 points to take sixth place in the compound women’s classification event and the first place will bolster her reputation as it was recommended for this year’s Khel Ratna, the most high sporting distinction of the country, by the Indian Archery Association.

However, the fifth seeded compound men’s team of Abhishek Verma, Sangam Bisla and Roshab Yadav lost 235-238 to Austria in the round of 16. Abhishek was seventh with 695 points.

V Jyothi Surekha (World Archery)

In recurve arch, an Olympic event, the Indians fizzled out as their events took place in difficult conditions with a wind of 30 km / h and finished 16th.

None of the Tokyo Olympians – Recurve World No.1 World No.1 Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai were included in the squad because they failed the trials held in Sonepat, Haryana on the same day (4 / August 5) they reached India from Japan.

Indian squads

BEND

Women: Komalika Bari and Ridhi Phor and the 32nd World Ankita Bhakat.

Men: Aditya Chaudhary, Atul Verma and Parth Salunke.

COMPOUND

women: Muskan Kirar, Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Priya Gurjar

men: Abhishek Verma, Sangam Singh Bisla and Rishab Yadav

Abhishek in the archery top panel

Meanwhile, Abhishek, team gold medalist at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and three-time World Cup stage gold medalist, has been elected to the prestigious World Archery Athletes’ Commission.

The reigning world archery champion Natalia Avdeeva of Russia and Janine Meissner of Germany were the candidates. Naomi Folkard, chair, Sjef van den Berg and Crystal Gauvin are the other members of the committee. Abhishek was the only male contender and the Indian, ranked ninth in the world, will serve a four-year-old squad.

In the World Cup final he won a silver and a bronze medal while in the World Cup he won 10 medals including 3 gold in Wroclaw 2015 and in Paris 2021.