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Birmingham World Games 2022: Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam win bronze in archery

Abhishek Verma, archery gold winner from the Asian Games, and Jyothi Surekha Vennam took home bronze at the World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The Indian archery team defeated Mexico’s Andrea and Miguel Becerra 157-156 in the bronze medal competition. Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam took home the gold at the Archery World Cup in Paris.

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Key Points:

  • Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam led 40-39 at the end of the first set.
  • The match was tied 78-78 in the second set thanks to a comeback by Andrea Becerra and Miguel Becerra, who won the bronze medal at the World Championships.
  • The Indian team surged ahead once more in the third set, and they hit four tens in the decisive set to win it by a slim margin.
  • After defeating New Zealand 156-155 in the round of 8, Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam fell to Colombia’s Daniel Munoz and women’s world No. 1 Sara Lopez 159-157.

India’s History of Archery:

  • In archery, India won its first World Games medal and sixth overall since the competition began in 1981.
  • India has previously won medals in badminton, snooker, and powerlifting. Due to a lack of medals, Abhishek Verma’s individual campaign was cut short.
  • The Indian archer, who was ranked fifth in the world in men’s compound archery, lost to Canada’s Christopher Perkins 145-148 in the bronze medal match. In the quarterfinals, Abhishek Verma overcame American world champion and No. 1 seed Mike Schloesser before losing to Frenchman Jean Philippe Boulch, who is ranked No. 4 in the world.
  • The third-ranked female compound archer in the world, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, was defeated 149-148 by Slovenia’s Toja Ellison in the quarterfinals of the women’s solo competition.

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