Indian archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam lost a nerve-racking final to the Colombian world number one. 3 Sara Lopez will settle for a silver medal in the women’s individual compound section at the World Championships in Yankton. (Other sports news)
In the men’s individual compound event, three-time World Cup gold medalist Abhishek Verma made a quarter-final outing, losing just one point to world number one Mike Schloesser (147-148) in a close match here Saturday.
In total, the Indian compound archers ended their campaign with three silver medals. Ankita Bhakat is the only archer in the recurve melee and she will make her round of 16 later on Sunday.
Jyothi was a member of India’s compound women’s and mixed doubles archery teams which signed with silver medals after unbalanced losses to Colombia on Friday.
India was chasing its first gold medal at the world event. For a country that does not yet have gold, India climbed the most podiums in the event (11), appearing in nine finals and coming away with silver each time.
Jyothi, who won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, was at her best and shot a perfect end, but five-time World Cup champion Sara was superior and won by two points (146-144) in the individual event.
The Indian was sensational, starting the day with her first-ever 150 – a perfect 10 in each of her 15 arrows over five ends – on her way to defeat reigning Under-21 world champion Amanda Mlinaric of Croatia , by six points in quarters.
“First of all, thank you very much. It was a great day today because I shot my first 150 in an international tournament and I’m super happy,” said Jyothi. She then beat Andrea Becerra of Mexico 148-146 in the semifinals, but the Colombian proved too tough for her.
For Jyothi, it was her second silver medal at the World Championships as she became the only Indian archer to have finished on the podium four times in the biennial event. Jyothi had won a silver medal (Mexico 2017) and a bronze medal (Den Bosch 2019) in the team events at previous World Championships.
“I’m happy because the last time I won bronze and this time I won silver,” said the 25-year-old. “I just thought I had to repeat my process and keep my confidence up, so I did.”
Jyothi delivered a consistent performance shooting 28, 29 and 29 in her first three ends, but the Colombian opened up a two-point lead halfway through, drilling seven perfect 10s with two X’s (closest to center) of nine. arrows.
The Indian shot three 10s on three arrows in the last end, but it was not enough as Sara closed the issue by two runs. Jyothi, however, improved her effort for the bronze medal she won two years ago, as archer Andhra concluded her campaign with three silver medals.
When asked if she regretted missing the gold, she replied: “Not 100% but it’s okay, you have to win and you have to lose.” His next goal is the Asian Championships scheduled for Dhaka from November 13 to 19.
“Then we have the Asian Championships scheduled for November, so this is currently my next goal,” she concluded.