The Indian duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam won the mixed pair gold by overwhelming their Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151. India ended with one gold, two silver and four bronze medals at the 21st Asian Archery Championships
Bangkok: India will return home with seven medals as Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam finished on top on the final day of the 21st Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday (November 27).
Abhishek and Jyothi won the gold medal in compound mixed pair event. This was India’s lone gold and overall seven medals at the event.
The Indian duo won the mixed pair gold by overwhelming their Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151. India ended with one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
Gold for Jyothi-Abhishek!— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) November 27, 2019
The team of @VJSurekha and @archer_abhishek won the gold medal in mixed team compound at the Asian Archery C’ships after beating Chinese Taipei 158-151. The women’s compound team of #JyothiVennam, #MuskanKirar and #PriyaGurjar won silver.#KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/abuCzzGiKr
Earlier in the day, Abhishek endured some disappointment, missing the compound team gold medal by just one point when the side lost to Korea 232-233 to settle for a silver.
The top-seeded trio of Abhishek, Rajat Chauhan and Mohan Bhardwaj were 58-58 in the first end but the Korean team of Jaewon Yang, Yonghee Choi and Eun-Kyu Choi slowly seized the momentum by taking a one-point after the second end.
Three 9s in the penultimate end proved costly for the Indians as the Koreans took a crucial three-point lead.
In the final end, the Indians shot 59 compared to the Korea's 57 but it was not enough.
Defending their title in the compound women's team event, Jyothi, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar also lost the battle to Korea, going down 215-231 in a one-sided affair.
But Abhishek and Jyothi returned strongly in the compound mixed pair final.
The men's compound archery team of @archer_abhishek , @Rajat_archer and #MohanBhardwaj won the silver medal at the Asian #ArcheryChampionships. Many congratulations.#KheloIndia@KirenRijiju @DGSAI @RijijuOffice @PIB_India @PMOIndia @ddsportschannel @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/F5Mia1Tqbn— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) November 27, 2019
They made a solid start, shooting 39, including two Xs (closest to the centre), from a possible 40 to lead by two points in the first end.
The second end turned out to be a perfect 40 for the Indians as they extended their lead by four points midway into the gold medal clash.
Abhishek and Jyothi maintained their consistency in the third end to shoot 39 together. It gave them a six-point cushion going into the final end where they once again shot a perfect 40 to seal the issue.
India had earlier bagged four bronze medals in the recurve events with Atanu Das playing a central role.
Suspended by the World Archery after the national federation failed to adhere to the guidelines in holding two parallel elections, the Indian archers were permitted to compete under a neutral flag at the Bangkok national archery field here.
This was done primarily to allow them to compete in the Olympic qualification competition slated for Thursday.
The men's team has already secured Olympic quota from the World Championships. The women's team will look to bag the berths from the continental championship which is offering six places for next year's Tokyo Olympics.
(With inputs from PTI)
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Last Updated 27, Nov 2019, 5:45 PM