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Asian Games: Jyothi Surekha Vennam Assures Silver, Ousts Fellow Indian Aditi Swami; Second Archery Medal Also Assured – News18


Jyothi Surekha Vennam advanced into the final, beating Aditi (149-146) in women’s compound. (Credits: X)

Aditi Swami lost to her compatriot Jyothi Surekha Vennam 146-149 as Jyothi moved into the final, assured of a silver while Aditi would battle for bronze

Day 10 of the Asian Games started on a positive note for the Indian contingent as the archery team assured of a silver medal. India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam beat her compatriot Aditi Swami to storm into the final of the women’s compound individual event in archery on Tuesday.

It was a neck-and-neck competition between the Indian duo, and only in the final set of arrows, Aditi stumbled, allowing Jyothi Surekha to edge ahead and record a win with a score of 149-146.

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The reigning world champion Aditi and top seed Jyothi won their respective quarter-final games. They set up an all-Indian semifinal in the women’s compound individual event. Jyothi advanced into the final, whereas Aditi would battle for a bronze in the third-place playoff tie.

The fourth-seeded Aditi dropped just one point from 15 arrows to beat Philippines Amaya Amparo Cojuangco 149-146 in her quarterfinal fixture.

On the other hand, multiple World Cup medal winner Jyothi beat Kazakhstan’s Adel Zhexenbinova 147-144 in her tie to set up an all-Indian semifinal.

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It was the second semifinal meeting between the Indian duo of Jyothi and Aditi, the latter had beaten Jyothi 149-145 at the World Championships in Berlin earlier in August.

In the men’s compound individual section, India also assured themselves at least a bronze medal after Abhishek Verma and Ojas Deotale entered the last-four stages.

Former 2014 silver medalist Verma overcame a late challenge from Tyutyun and win in an intense shoot-off to make the semifinal.

Leading 60-57 after two ends, Verma slipped as his Kazakh rival Andrey Tyutyun bounced back to level 147-147 and force a shoot-off.

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Both the archers shot a 10, but the Indian was adjudged the winner — 147-147 (10*-10) — with his arrow closer to the centre.

Current world champion Deotale, on the other hand, shot an incredible 150 out of 150 to breeze past Akbarali Karbayev of Kazakhstan.

The duo find themselves in the opposite end and head for a possible final clash, should they get past their respective semifinal hurdles.

Fourth seed Verma will take on South Korean top seed Joe Jaehoon later in the day.

Third-seeded Deotale will face seventh-seeded Yang Jaewon of South Korea.

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