Abhishek’s second gold
A day after capturing the 50m compound ranking round gold with a new national record, the Delhi lad produced yet another impressive performance to pick up the yellow metal in the Olympic ranking round, beating Kawalpreet Singh of Punjab 148-139 in the final.
In the semi-finals, the Arjuna awardee had got the better of his Asian Games teammate Rajat Chauhan of Rajasthan 148-145 who eventually went on to win the bronze medal beating statemate Ravi Sharma 146-145.
Jyoti Surekha wins Women’s Individual Gold
In the women’s individual competition, 16-year-old rising star Purvasha Sudheer Shende of Andhra Pradesh reached the final but was beaten by another rising talent, Vennam Jyoti Surekha of PSPB. 18-year-old Jyoti Surekha is a precocious talent and has increasingly started bringing her talent to the fore in big events. The Vijaywada girl, had clinched an Olympic round gold medal at the Mexican Grand Prix at the tender age of 13. Today Jyoti Surekha beat Shende 141-132 in the final. Both Jyoti Surekha and Shende were part of the women’s compound bronze medal winning team at the Asian Games this year.
The national archery women’s individual compound bronze medal went to Jhanso Hansda of Jharkhand who narrowly edged past Priyanshu Kacchap of Bihar 138-137.
Trisha Deb falls short
However luck didn’t favour Asian Games individual bronze medallist Trisha Deb. The Kolkata-born girl clinched the 50m ranking round gold on Wednesday but couldn’t replicate the same performance in the Olympic round and fell in the 1/16 elimination round.
Rajat Chauhan gets mixed team gold
The compound mixed team gold was captured by Asian Games gold medallist from Rajasthan, Rajat Chauhan who partnered 18-year-old Swati Dudhwal. They beat the Delhi team of Abhishek Verma and Sushma 154-153, thus ending hopes of Abhishek’s third gold medal from the event.
The bronze medal went to Lily Chanu and Ratankumar Singh of Manipur.
The commitment of our top archers has been exemplary. Even after a demanding schedule of the Asian Games, it is nice to see that all of them have participated in the National Archery competition. Their sincerity and dedication are indeed something that the youngsters should learn from.