Wednesday, July 8, 2015

World University Games: Surekha strikes silver

Surekha, along with Punjabi University student Kawalpreet Singh, loses to the host team from Republic of Korea in the final

 Vijayawada archer and Koneru Lakshmaiah University student Vennam Jyothi Surekha won a silver medal for the country in the World University Games in progress at Gwangju, Korea, on Tuesday.

She, along with Punjabi University student Kawalpreet Singh, lost to host Republic of Korea in the mixed compound event. Indian duo punched 150 against the host nation’s 157.

“Korea was in lead right from the first game. Jyothi garnered 77 points (out of 80) while Kawalpreet was able to haul 73. Kalwalpreet looked a bit dejected as earlier the day he lost to Italy in the men’s team bronze medal event,” Surekha’s father Surendra said.Earlier, Surekha and Kawalpreet defeated Belgium pair in the bronze medal fixture. Belgium gave a tough fight but the Indian archers managed to move ahead (154-153) just in time.

In the quarterfinal, the Indian duo defeated Mexico by three points (156-153).

In the individual event, Jyothi Surekha, a third year engineering student, finished fifth as she went down to a Mexican archer just by one point (146-147) losing an opportunity to enter the semi-finals. Surekha’s medal is the first one by any athlete from the State in the World University Games.

She is unlikely to come to Vijayawada as she, after landing in Delhi on July 10, will undergo a training stint and later would proceed to Copenhagen (Denmark) to take part in the World Archery Championship from June 26.

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