The Indian compound archery trio of Ankita Bhakat, Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam maintained their medal hopes in the individual competition by advancing to the quarter-finals of their events at the World Championships. India have already confirmed two medals by registering the women’s and mixed compound finals scheduled for Saturday morning. In the individual event, Ankita produced the biggest shock on Thursday when the 23-year-old Kolkata archer held his nerves to eliminate Korean world number four Kang Chae-Young, Olympic team gold medalist at the last Tokyo Games.
Ankita lost just one set to defeat the Korean heavyweight 6-4 (29-28, 28-28, 27-27, 24-29, 29-28) and set up a quarterfinal clash with American Casey Kaufhold later today. .
Ankita started off in spectacular fashion, shooting two 10s en route to 29 of 30, increasing the pressure early on on the reigning Olympic tag team champion.
The two archers then faced off neck and neck in straight sets as Ankita maintained a slim 4-2 lead.
The Indian was temperamental in the fourth set shooting three times in the red ring (8, 8, 8) while Chae-Young was at her best (X, 10, 9) to put the game on a level playing field. .
Locked 4-4, Ankita showed good composure to shoot in two 10s to clinch the outcome. Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam also qualified for their respective last eight rounds.
Defending World Cup gold medalist Verma had two perfect rounds, beating Slovakian Jozef Bosansky 145-142 (29-28, 30-27, 28-29, 30-29, 28-29).
Former Asian Games tag team champion Verma will face US world number one Mike Schloesser later today.
Jyothi also capped a memorable outing by showing the door to Chaewon So of Korea 146-142 (30-29, 29-29, 28-30, 29-29, 26-29). Trailing 59-58 after the first two sets.
Jyothi drilled five straight perfect 10s that included an X (arrow closest to center) to take a 117-116 lead before the final set of arrows.
The Korean gave in to the pressure and shot an 8 as Jyothi clinched the outcome with two 10s including an X. Jyothi will face reigning U21 world champion Amanda Mlinaric of Croatia later today. .
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