World archery championships 2021: Abhishek Verma, Ankita Bhakat, Jyothi Vennam into last eight

As many as seven Indian archers were eliminated before the quarter-finals in the individual events.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by World Archery

Indian archers Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Vennam and Ankita Bhakat made it to the quarter-finals of their respective events at the World Archery Championships 2021 in Yankton, South Dakota, USA on Thursday.

Abhishek Verma, an Asian Games gold-medallist, had received byes in the first two rounds of the men’s individual compound after finishing seventh in the ranking round.

He overcame Turkey’s Furkan Oruc 150-149 in the third round and then beat Jozef Bosansky of Slovakia 145-142 in the fourth.

Abhishek Verma will face Dutchman Mike Schloesser in the quarter-finals.

India’s Rishabh Yadav and Sangampreet Singh Bisla were eliminated in the second round of the men’s individual compound.

World championships silver-medallist Jyothi Vennam entered the quarter-finals of the women’s individual compound.

After finishing sixth in the ranking round, Jyothi Vennam got a bye in the opening two rounds before she beat Inge Van der Ven of the Netherlands 147-144 and South Korean So Chaewon 146-142 to enter the last eight.

The other Indians in the women’s individual compound, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar were knocked out in the third round.

Ankita Bhakat makes recurve quarters

Among the recurve archers, only Ankita Bhakat made it to the quarter-finals.

A youth world champion, Ankita Bhakat had got a bye in the first round of the women’s individual recurve event after finishing 20th in the ranking round.

Ankita Bhakat then beat the Czech Republic’s Jindriska Vaneckova 7-3, Romania’s Alexandra Mirca 7-1 and South Korea’s Kang Chae Young 6-4 to enter the final eight.

Ankita Bhakat will face the USA’s Casey Kaufhold in the quarter-finals.

Youngster Komalika Bari was eliminated in the third round while Ridhi exited in the second round of the women’s individual recurve event.

None of the men’s recurve archers could make it past the fourth round.

India’s Aditya Chaudhary was beaten 6-0 by Spaniard Miguel Alvarino Garcia in the fourth round.

Atul Verma bowed out in the second round after falling 6-4 to Mongolia’s Dashnamjil Dorjsuren while Parth Salunke lost to Germany’s Maximilian Weckmueller in a shootoff in the first round.

The remaining stages of the individual compound events will take place on Saturday with the individual recurve events scheduled for Sunday.

India are already assured of medals in the women’s team compound and the mixed team compound events after they made it to Friday’s final.