Indians continue strong form at the Asian Archery Championships

The men’s compound team secured top spot in qualifying while the women’s team finished third.

By Jay Lokegaonkar ·

After a strong display on opening day, Indian archers continued their excellent form on the second day of the 2019 Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok on Sunday.

Verma weaves his magic

In the first round of the men’s compound event, archer Abhishek Verma led the way for Indians with 705 points, finishing third overall, just a couple of points off the top.

It was the Malaysian archers who led the way, as Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki and Zulfadhli Ruslan finished first and second.

Rajat Chauhan was not far behind in fifth-place with 704 points, while Mohan Ramswaroop Bhardwaj finished in the top 10 with a score of 701. Their collective score of 2110 ensured India top spot in the team standings and their reward for finishing in the top was a first-round bye.

Kawalpreet Singh, who ranked 21st with a score of 692, will also join his compatriots in the second round following his 146-134 victory over Shandan Ganzorig.

In Monday's second round, Chauhan will take on Malaysia veteran Syahrizan Jafar, Kawalpreet will battle Paul Marton De La Cruz of the Philippines, Verma will duel against Bangladesh's Mohammad Sohel Rana and Bhardwaj also face Bangladeshi opposition in the shape of Ashim Kumer Das in the second round.

Third place for women's team

Archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam led the Indian women in the compound event with a score of 693. Muskan Kirar finished just a point shy in the eighth spot with 692 points, while Priya Gurjar ranked 15th with a score of 683.

Their efforts ensured a third-place finish in the team standings for India with a total of 2068. Ishembi Devi Thounaojam, who finished 33rd with a score of 662, bowed out of the competition after losing her first-round match against Nurul Syazhera Mohd. Asmi by a scoreline of 142-114.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam was India’s leading scorer in the women’s compound event with 693 and placed sixth

Next up for Kirar is a contest with Bangladesh's Shamoli Ray, Vennam will duel against Anuradha Wijesinghe Karunaratne of Sri Lanka and Gurjar will take on Kazakh archer Diana Makarchuk in the second round.

The duo of Verma and Vennam placed fourth in the mixed-team standings with a score of 1398 and secured a first-round bye.

Six quota places for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are up for grabs at the Championships.