The compound archery team of India showed a dominant performance at the World Cup Stage 2. The dynamic duo of Ojas Deotale and Jyothi Surekha Vennam showcased their exceptional skills and determination, maintaining their quest for a second consecutive Archery World Cup gold. In a thrilling match, they triumphed over their Italian opponents with a score of 157-157 (19*-19), earning their place in the final round.
As anticipated, the Indian pair, seeded sixth, will face a top-seeded team from Korea in the highly anticipated World Cup Stage 2 final on Saturday. This encounter could be their most challenging task, following their victory in the Stage 1 World Cup where they clinched the gold medal in Antalya last month.
In the lopsided pre-quarterfinal, the Indian pair started off eliminating Bangladesh 158-151, while in the next round, they outsmarted a tough challenge from Turkey to emerge 157-156 winners.
However, Ojas and Jyothi demonstrated exceptional composure to drill in two Xs en route to shooting 40 in the fourth end to force a shoot-off where the Indian duo sealed the issue with their arrows hitting near the center.
Fifth-seeded Indian recurve pair, Dhiraj Bommadevara and Simranjeet Kaur did not meet the expectations in the Olympic category. They faced a defeat against Indonesia with a score of 2-6 (39-35, 37-39, 37-38, 34-35) in their opening match.