Vijayawada: Vijayawada based archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam representing India through Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited won one gold and one silver in 21st Asian Archery Championship in Bangkok on Wednesday.
The Arjuna Awardee bagged gold medal with Abhishek Varma in mixed doubles and silver in the team event along with her teammates Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar.
Jyothi and Abhishek won the mixed pair gold by overwhelming their Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151 points.
Jyothi and Abhishek made a solid start, shooting 39, including two Xs (closest to the centre), from a possible 40 to lead by two points in the first end. The second end turned out to be a perfect 40 for the Indians as they extended their lead by four points midway into the gold medal clash.
The duo maintained their consistency in the third end to shoot 39 together. It gave them a six-point cushion going into the final end where they once again shot a perfect 40 to seal the medal.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, in the compound Archery women’s team event, Jyothi, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar lost the battle to Korea in finals, going down 215-231 in a one-sided affair.
Whereas, in compound archery, the men’s team lost the gold by just one point to Korea, settling with 232-233 for silver medal. But Abhishek and Jyothi returned strongly in the compound mixed pair final.
This is the fifth time that Jyothi has taken part at an Asian Archery Championship, winning three golds, as many silvers and two bronze medals....