Teen Sensation Parneet Kaur Shocks in Asian Archery Championships, Clinches Gold
Witness the rise of archery prodigy Parneet Kaur as she stuns in the Asian Archery Championships, securing a gold medal in a thrilling final against Jyothi Surekha Vennam.
In a stunning upset, eighteen-year-old Parneet Kaur secured the gold medal in the women’s compound individual event at the Asian Archery Championships 2023, defeating seasoned archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam in a nail-biting shoot-off. The two archers were tied at 145 at the end of five sets, and Parneet emerged victorious with a 9-8 score in the shoot-off.
Parneet, who finished fourth in the qualifying round, displayed remarkable skills throughout the tournament. In the semifinals, she overcame Kazakhstan’s Lyan Viktoriya with a score of 147-145. Jyothi, on the other hand, defeated Huang I-Jou of Chinese Taipei with a score of 148-145, setting the stage for an all-Indian final.
Despite a setback for double World Archery Champion Aditi Gopichand Swami in the third round, the trio of Parneet, Jyothi, and Aditi secured the gold medal in the women’s compound team event. They clinched a narrow 234-233 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Wang Lu-Yun, Chen Yi Hsuan, and Huang I-Jou in the final.
Aditi also showcased her prowess in the mixed compound team event, partnering with U21 world champion Priyansh. The Indian duo claimed the gold medal by defeating Thailand’s Kanoknapus Kaewchomphu and Lertruangsilp Nawayut with a score of 156-151 in an exhilarating final.
In the men’s compound event, Abhishek Verma, the Asian Games 2023 silver medallist, secured the bronze medal with a close 147-146 win over Joo Jaehoon of South Korea in the bronze medal contest.
India concluded the Asian Archery Championships with an impressive medal tally of seven, including three gold, one silver, and three bronze medals. The championships also served as an Olympic qualifier for Indian recurve archers, with gold medal-winning teams earning quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympics. However, India fell short in securing quota places in the recurve events.
The Asian Archery Championships will be followed by the Asian individual Olympic qualifiers for archery at the same venue, scheduled from November 9 to 12. The individual qualifiers will offer two Olympic quotas (one per country) in each of the men’s and women’s recurve archery events.