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Jyothi Surekha Vennam Biography- Archery’s Wonder Woman

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Immersed in the rich tapestry of Indian history, archery has held a prominent place, even finding mention in mythological epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The bow and arrow were revered as formidable weapons, and the art of archery was embraced by many. Throughout this journey, women have emerged as trailblazers, and one such name that commands attention is Jyothi Surekha Vennam.

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Setting the World Cup Archery stage ablaze, Jyothi Surekha Vennam delivered a magnificent performance, claiming two gold medals in April 2023. At the age of 26, she shines as a rising star in the sport, driven by countless hours of arduous training, unwavering determination, and an unwavering focus on her craft. Jyothi Surekha Vennam’s biography is a testament to her remarkable journey, showcasing her journey of mastery in archery.

About Jyothi Surekha Vennam

Name Jyothi Surekha Vennam
Date of Birth 3 July 1996
Place of Birth Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Sport Archery
Age 26
Nickname Surekha
Team Indian Archery Women Team
Highest World Ranking 4
Awards and Honors Arjuna Award in the year 2017
Personal Records 4 Silver & 2 Bronze medals in World Archery Championships, 3 Gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze in world Cup, 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze in Asian Archery Championships, bronze medals in World Youth Archery Championships.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam Biography

Early life

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Aiming for dreams (Credits; Zimbio)

Jyothi was born in Hyderabad on July 3, 1996 to Vennam Surendran Kumar and Sri Durga. Her father is a former Kabaddi player and now a veterinary doctor in Vijayawada and mother is a housewife. Jyothi completed her schooling and intermediate from Nalanda Institute.

It was her father, who forced Jyothi into archery in 2007. With immense hard work and practice she carved her name as a junior archer and won World Championship and Asian Championship at the early age.


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Love for Archery

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A young prodigy in archery (Credits: Archery.org)

Jyothi was a swimmer but later gave up the sport and took archery as profession. Since breathing techniques are beneficial in sport of archery, many experts says that her expertise in swimming has helped her in archery a lot.

She started participating in international competitions since 2011. Jyothi trains at the Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada. At 13, she clinched five medals at the Mexican Grand Prix archery competition.

Many will not believe that this young prodigy has been a sub-junior, junior, national level champion of India at the age of 16. She bagged three out of three gold medals in the National competitions establishing herself as a real challenger in 2012. She shoots arrows to an average score of 9.46, which is considered good by the international standards.

Achievements of Jyothi Surekha Vennam

World Archery Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Mexico City Compound team
Silver medal – second place 2021 Yankton Team
Silver medal – second place 2021 Yankton Team mixed
Silver medal – second place 2021 Yankton Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2019 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Compound team
Bronze medal – third place 2019 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Compound Individual
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2018 Samsun Compound Mixed Team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Berlin Compound Mixed Team
Gold medal – first place 2022 Paris Compound Mixed Team
Silver medal – second place 2022 Paris Compound Individual
Gold medal – first place 2023 Antalya Compound Mixed Team
Gold medal – first place 2023 Antalya Compound Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Birmingham Compound Mixed Team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Salt lake City Compound Mixed Team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Antalya Compound Team
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Antalya Compound Mixed Team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Shanghai Compound Mixed Team
Asian Archery Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Bangkok Compound Individual
Gold medal – first place 2017 Dhaka Compound Team
Gold medal – first place 2019 Bangkok Compound Mixed Team
Gold medal – first place 2021 Dhaka Compound Individual
Silver medal – second place 2015 Bangkok Compound Team
Silver medal – second place 2017 Dhaka Compound Mixed Team
Silver medal – second place 2019 Bangkok Compound Team
Silver medal – second place 2021 Dhaka Compound Mixed Team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Tehran Compound team
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Dhaka Compound Individual
World Youth Archery Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Wuxi Compound Jr. Women team[2]
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Wuxi Compound Jr. Mixed team

Lesser Known Facts

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A stand in one of the stadium in Andhra has been named on her (Credits: Twitter)
  • When Jyoti was four, she set a record in the Limca Book for having swum across River Krishna thrice in three hours 20 minutes and six seconds.
  • She has travelled around 15 countries for her tournaments.
  • She once quoted. “Archery is an expensive sport and there were moments when I thought my parents are spending too much for me. But my father would say, ‘When you’re trying to achieve something big, we shouldn’t worry much about finances’. He would just ask me to focus on the result.”
  • The right-handed archer has hobbies such as reading books and listening music.
  • A stadium stand in Andhra Pradesh has been named after her.

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Jyothi Surekha Vennam: Awards

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Jyothi Surekha Vennam receiving Arjuna Award from President Ram Nath Kovind (Credits: KL University.com)
  • In 2017, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh) awarded her a cash prize of Rs one crore.
  • She has been awarded Arjuna Award for her achievements in the field of archery.
  • Surekha is the youngest to be awarded with this prestigious award in South India. She is also the first athlete to receive it after the Andhra Pradesh state divergence.

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The ‘Brother-Sister’ Pair

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Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma (Credits: News18)

Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam is the only ‘brother-sister’ pair that forms a perfect archery team. Delhi based Abhishek and Andhra’s Jyothi have complete different backgrounds but they have been winning medals consistently in the mixed compound event. Once Jyothi quoted,

“Abhishek bhaiyya is like a brother to me. We gel maybe because we’ve been attending national camps together since 2012,” 

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Akshay Badwe
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