Indian Women’s Compound Archery Team Clinches Gold at Asian Games
Indian women’s compound archery team clinches gold at the Asian Games after a closely-fought final against Chinese Taipei.
The Indian women’s compound archery team exhibited resilience in a closely-contested final, securing a gold medal with a 230-229 victory over Chinese Taipei in the Women’s Team Compound archery event at the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre in Hangzhou.
Comprising Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Gopichand Swami, and Parneet Kaur, the Indian squad displayed remarkable accuracy to triumph over Chen Yi-Hsuan, I-Jou Huang, and Lu-Yun Wang of Chinese Taipei in a 25-arrow competition at a 50m range.
In each round, both teams took turns shooting two arrows per archer. India bounced back strongly after trailing by two points in the opening round.
Parneet Kaur led off for India, followed by the 17-year-old reigning World Champion, Aditi, and the experienced Jyothi Surekha Vennam. In the initial round, India managed 54 points out of a possible 60, while Chinese Taipei, with three 10s but a 7 and a nine, failed to establish a substantial lead.
India dominated the next round, winning 58-55, with four scores of 10 and two nines. Despite Chinese Taipei’s three scores of 10 and two nines, a seven on the 12th arrow hindered their progress, leaving India ahead 112-111.
In the third round, Chinese Taipei shot a perfect 60, while India had a nine on the 13th arrow, resulting in a 59-60 round victory for their opponents. The scores were tied at 171-171.
However, in the fourth and final round, India secured victory by one point. They scored five 10s and a nine, while Chinese Taipei’s archers managed only 58, with two of them shooting 9s.
Although a narrow win, this victory symbolizes India’s ascent in compound archery, nearly breaking Korean dominance in the discipline.
Earlier in the competition, the Indian women’s team advanced to the final by defeating Hong Kong China 231-220 in the quarterfinals and Indonesia 233-219 in the semifinals of Asian Games.
In the Compound Men’s Team event, India faced Bhutan in the quarterfinals during the afternoon session.
Jyothi also reached the final in the Compound Women’s Individual competition, while in the Compound Men’s Individual final, two Indians, Abhishek Verma and Ojas Pravin Deotale, will vie for the title.