Dubai UAE, Shyam Sundar Swami, and Jyoti Baliyan bagged India’s first medal in the World Archery Para Championship after managing to win a bar of silver on Friday.
Leading by two points (78-76) at the halfway mark. The Indian professional duo choked under pressure against Bair Shigaev and Tatiana Andrievskaia of Russia 148-150.
The Indian duo began out with two 10s and two 9s to edge out the Russians by one point in the first set. Aiming to become the country’s first global champion in para archery.
The Indians took a two-point lead at halftime thanks to a flawless second set that included two arrows in the X.
However, they stumbled with two 7s and one 8 with their following eight arrows, allowing the Russian archers to complete the deal.
In the semifinal, the Indian duo defeated Julie Chupin and Thierry Joussaume of France 151-145 to ensure at least a silver medal. They defeated Maria Andrea Virgilio and Matteo Bonacina of Italy 147-146 in the quarterfinals.
Shyam and Vidya had won silver in the Fazza Para Archery World Ranking Tournament last year at the same location, Dubai Club for People of Determination.
With the exception of the World Championships, India’s para archers have won medals in practically every event since 2017.
Rakesh Kumar came close to earning the bronze medal at both the 2017 and 2019 World Archery Para Championships in Beijing and Den Bosch, respectively.
Harvinder Singh, a Tokyo Paralympic bronze medalist, won an opening-round bye in the men’s individual open recurve event earlier in the day.