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India’s 19-year-old archer Prathamesh Javkar upset Dutch world number one Mike Schloesser to win the individual gold medal in the men’s compound event at the World Cup Archery here on Saturday. India won two gold medals in non-Olympic events. India’s mixed team pair of Ojas Deotale and Jyoti Surekha Vennam continued their talismanic performance to win their second consecutive gold medal at the World Cup, defeating a strong Korean team.
The Indian pair also won the gold medal in the first edition of the World Cup in Antalya. They continued their impressive run in the second leg as well, defeating the top seeded Korean pair 156-155. Prathamesh, who had earlier defeated Korea’s Kim Jongho and Choi Yonghee, continued to upset the top players and beat the Dutchman 149-148 in the men’s compound individual final.
The Indian played brilliantly and dropped only one point to defeat the two-time world champion. They lost this mark in the first leg in which both the archers scored the same 29 points. Both the archers managed to hit the target in the second, third and fourth leg itself but the 29-year-old Dutchman missed the fifth leg, helping Prathamesh to win his first gold medal at the World Cup.
Earlier, the Indian pair of Ojus and Jyoti and the experienced Korean pair of Kim Jongho and Oh Yoohyun scored the same 39 points in the first three stages. In the fourth and final leg, however, the Korean team came under pressure and could only manage 38 points, while the Indian pair again shot 39 to claim their second successive gold medal.
Jyoti’s third gold this year
Jyoti had made an early exit in the individual category here but before that she had also won gold in the individual category in Antalya. In this way, in the World Cup in 2023, she has won three gold medals so far. He is now eyeing a good performance in the World Archery Championships to be held in Berlin.
“Our coordination and shooting has been excellent throughout the World Cup. Even in the final, we focused on hitting the right targets. Our morale has increased by winning the gold medal. We will try to maintain this rhythm of ours.-Jyoti Surekha Venom