Jyothi Surekha Vennam stars as Women’s and Mixed Compound Teams bag Gold and Silver Archery World Cup

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Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Parneet Kaur and Aditi Swami

The Indian women’s compound archery team, consisting of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Parneet Kaur, and Aditi Swami, clinched their third consecutive World Cup gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage II in Yecheon, South Korea. They defeated Turkey in a dominant performance.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam leads to another Gold

The Indian trio, who had won the team gold at the World Championships last year, combined to score a 232-226 win over Turkey. The Indians took a narrow lead of 57-56 in the first end but extended it for a total score of 116-112 at the second end. Both teams were tied in the third end, with each shooting 58 to keep the score at 174-170 in favour of the Indians. In the last end, the Indians scored 58 to Turkey’s 56 to get to a final score of 232-226 and clinch the title.

This victory marked their second consecutive World Cup title in the women’s compound event this season. They had previously won the gold medal at the season’s first World Cup in Shanghai.

Silver for the mixed team

Meanwhile, the mixed compound team secured a silver medal. Jyothi Vennam paired up with Priyansh to take on the American pair of Olivia Dean and Sawyer Sullivan for the mixed compound gold. The Indians, however, lost out narrowly, losing 153-155.

The Indians started the competition well, shooting 39 to the USA’s 37 in the first end. However, they faltered in the second, as the US levelled the scores by scoring 39 while the Indians managed 37 to go 76-76. The Americans then shot a perfect 40 in the third end as the Indians managed 39. Trailing by a point going into the final end, the Indians managed to score 38, but the Americans went one better with a score of 39 to eventually clinch the title.

Despite the loss in the mixed compound final, the performance of the Indian archers at the Yecheon World Cup was commendable. Their success in the women’s compound event and the silver in the mixed compound event are significant achievements for Indian archery.

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