Jyothi Vennam bags three medals across events at the Archery World Cup Stage 1

Jyothi Vennam

Jyothi Vennam, the Asian Games champion, has once again proven her mettle by registering a hat-trick of gold medals at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 in Shanghai. This remarkable achievement has not only brought laurels to her but also to the entire nation.

Jyothi Vennam’s hat-trick gold medals at Archery World Cup

Jyothi’s journey in this tournament was nothing short of spectacular. She bagged gold in the women’s event, the mixed event partnering with Abhishek Verma and the women’s team event with Aditi Swami and Parneet Kaur. This triumphant performance has further solidified her position as one of the world’s top archers.

Her gold medal win was particularly noteworthy. Despite facing stiff competition from the tournament’s top seed Andrea Becerra of Mexico, Jyothi emerged victorious in a tight shoot-off finish. This victory made her the second Indian after Deepika Kumari to secure triple gold medals in a World Cup.

It was a very close match for Jyothi and after four rounds, she was still trailing by a solitary point, which she recovered in the fifth, tying the score at 146-146. In the ensuing tie-breaker shoot-off, both archers, astonishingly went nine for nine in their attempts but ultimately, Jyothi prevailed as her arrow was closer to the inner ring.

Jyothi’s success in the mixed event and the women’s team event was equally impressive. In the mixed event, she partnered with Abhishek Verma to ward off a late resurgence from their Estonian rivals, Lisell Jaatma and Robin Jaatma. In the women’s team event, Jyothi, along with Aditi Swami and Parneet Kaur, trounced Italy 236-225.

This hat-trick of gold medals at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 is reminiscent of Jyothi’s performance at the 2023 Asian Games, where she also returned with three gold medals. With this achievement, Jyothi’s tally of World Cup medals now stands at an incredible eight gold medals, besides four silver medals and seven bronze medals.

Despite her monumental success, Jyothi remains humble and grounded. She attributes her success to her passion for the sport and the unwavering support of her parents. Her father, V. Surendra Kumar, has been a constant source of motivation, reminding her of the privilege of representing the country and winning medals.

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