India have been racking up medals in the ongoing Asian Games 2023 and it seems that they have sealed one more gold and two silver medals in Archery. Both Abhishek Verma and Ojas Deotale have qualified for the men’s compound individual final. The Indian duo will now compete against each other and thus assure India’s first and second finish on the podium.
Abhishek Verma defeated top seed Jaehoon Joo 147-145, while Ojas Deotale defeated Jaewon Yang by four points with back-to-back 150s. The two archers from the Republic of Korea will compete for a bronze medal.
Notably, the second silver was assured when Jyothi Surekha Vennam defeated compatriot Aditi Swami to book a spot in the women’s compound individual final at the Asian Games 2023. The semi-final match between the two saw Vennam securing a victory over Swami with a score of 149-146.
The match took place on October 3 in Hangzhou and it demonstrated both the athletes’ skills and composure. Initially, both Vennam and Swami shot 60 out of 60 in their first six arrows, before Vennam dropped a point in the third end. Despite this, Swami couldn’t maintain her streak with a misfire in the final round leaving her with a score of 146.
Swami, the 17-year-old reigning senior world champion, will now vie for the bronze medal while Vennam will compete for gold in her third Asian Games appearance. Vennam, a multiple World Cup gold medalist, is yet to secure a gold medal in the continental event. Her earlier victories include a silver in 2018 and bronze in 2014, both in team events.
India’s male compound archers, Abhishek Verma and Ojas Deotale, have secured a place in the semifinals, ensuring a medal finish. Verma, who had previously won a silver medal in 2014, emerged victorious in his match against his Kazakh opponent.
Meanwhile, Deotale, the reigning world champion, breezed through his match against his Kazakh rival. The possibility of an all-Indian final between Verma and Deotale is now on the cards.