Popular Indian archer, Jyothi Surekha Vennam created a buzz after equaling the women’s individual world record in the women’s compound event qualification round at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey.
In the season opening Archery World Cup, Jyoti scored 713 points, equaling the world record set by Colombia’s Sarah Lopez at the 2015 Colombia National Selections. The Indian’s score of 713, saw her qualify and retain the top spot for the rest of the tournament. Jyoti is two points ahead of Dafne Quintero in second place and Sara Lopez in third place.
The brilliant efforts by Jyoti also broke the Asian record of 709 held by South Korea’s So Chaewon, created at the 2017 Asian Championships in Dhaka. In a total of 72 shots, Jyothi Surekha Vennam hit the target 66 times, including 36 in a row, and earned 360 points in the last 6 rounds of the qualification.
Jyothi with her outstanding performances helped the Indian women’s team (Avneet Kaur and Aditi Gopichand Swami) to top the qualifying round in the compound women’s team event, with a combined total of 2112.
Jyothi stated after equaling the World Record,
“I never expected it, because my personal best in a competition was 710. And this is my best score,”
“It does feel great (to be the top seed) and I’m pretty happy with my shooting. Until the last arrow I was just focused on my process,”
“For now, I want to focus on my shooting, so I can maintain my scores and everything.”