Friday, December 1, 2017

Archer Surekha strikes gold to end up with three medals

Vennam Jyothi Surekha ended the 20th Asian Archery Championship on a golden note. The 21-year-old Vijayawada girl struck gold in the Compound Women's Team Event in Dhaka on Thursday.

The Indian team comprising Surekha, Parveena and Trisha defeated the Korean team 230-227 to clinch the yellow metal. Surekha scored 80 out of 80 to set the tone of the resounding win.

In the semis, the Indians had defeated hosts Bangladesh with consummate ease. The Indian archers own 228-213. The quarterfinals too was an easy outing for the Indian trio as they toyed with Hong Kong in an uncomplicated 233-222 victory.

On Wednesday, Surekha had to settle for an Individual Bronze medal in the Compound women's category.

The Andhra Pradesh archer went down to fancied Choi Bomin of Korea in the semifinals. The Korean pulled off a 144-138 win over her Indian rival.

Surekha, however, made amends for the poor show with a spirited show in the bronze medal match. The Indian put it across Chinese Taipei's Wu Ting Ting in a closely fought match. Surekha prevailed 146-142 to win the bronze.

Earlier in quarterfinals, Surekha was up against her teammate Parveena. The duo gave their best but Surekha managed to eke out a 146-140 over her country mate.

On Tuesday, Surekha had won the first medal of the championship. She teamed up with Abhishek Verma to win the silver in the Compound Mixed Team event. The Indian duo went down fighting to the fancied Koreans 153-157 to settle for the silver.


Arjuna awardee Surekha finished with three medals - a gold, silver and bronze. The Indian Compound team won two gold, three silver and a bronze medal.
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