Abhishek Verma managed to edge out American archer Steve Anderson by one crucial point to march through to the finals.
The Indian was initially down by a point having shot nine times, but made a spectacular comeback, shooting three consecutive 10 pointers to take the lead. At 116 to Anderson’s 115, both archers scored 30 points in their final round, proving Verma’s one point lead detrimental for the American.
Abhishek Verma will next face-off against a familiar opponent in Iranian archer Esmail Ebadi. The Iranian has been in sublime form, winning the gold at the Incheon Asian Games in individual event, and another gold in the team event at World Archery Championships earlier this year.
Speaking about his opponent in the final, Abhishek said, “My rank may be low but I’m taking on experienced archers with confidence. I’ve realised that the key to success is to remain happy. A perfect score will come automatically if you’re happy. And I’m looking forward to the match tomorrow.”
Men’s compound team fight for bronze
Apart from the gold medal match for Abhishek Verma, he is also part of the men’s compound team which narrowly lost to top ranked USA in the semi finals. Indian archers gave the American team a tough run for their money as the final scores read 232-231 in favour of the American team.
The trio of Abhishek Verma, Kawal Preet Singh and Rajat Chauhan will now face third seeded Italy in the bronze medal play-off.