India’s archers made history by winning two medals, including the gold, in the third stage of the World Cup on Saturday. The duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothy Surekha Vinam won India’s first gold medal in the mixed team compound shooting event by defeating their veteran French rivals in the final. Then Jyoti, ranked third in the world rankings, had to be content with a silver medal after a very close final in the individual category. In the penalty shootout, both shooters hit 10-10 after equalizing the final against Ella Gibson with a score of 148-148 but the opponent’s arrow was closer to the center of the goal.
Shooting World Cup: India’s women’s team secured the medal by reaching the finals
In the mixed category, the Indian duo made a great start by defeating French pair Jean Bolch and 48-year-old Olympic medalist Sophie Dudmont-Carre 152-149 in a tight match to win the yellow title. With this gold medal, India opened its medal count at this stage of the World Cup. The women’s repeat team claimed a third medal in the event, with trio Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhagat and Simranjit Kaur vying for the top spot on Sunday. Jyoti was left out in the Asian Games trials. He returned to the team after more than seven months and celebrated with these medals.
India’s most successful composite duo for Abhishek and Jyothi’s best performances ahead of the World Cup came in the form of a silver medal in the World Cup Final in Yankton last year. The duo have also won bronze at the World Cup in the past. The third seeded Indian pair got off to a good start with four 10-point goals each. Putting two Xs (exactly in the middle) to make three points and put the French pair under pressure. The Indians scored only one goal of 10 points in the second round and the French duo got a chance to come back. France reduced India’s advance to one point.
The third round ended in a draw, while the decisive fourth round saw Abhishek and Jyoti win over their rivals by two points to win the title. Jyoti beat French legend Sophie in the semi-finals of the individual competition. In the final, she faced stiff competition from the 22-year-old Gibson. Both shooters scored 60-60 from the “perfect” round after two rounds. In the third round, Gibson led by one point but Jyoti raised the score to 148-148 in the fifth round. The two scored 10-10 in the shootout, but Gibson’s arrow was close to the middle to confirm her second World Cup gold.