Dhaka, December 1: Indian archers produced a splendid performance at the Asian Championships that was held in Dhaka on Thursday and bagged a total of 9 medals. Notably, Indian archers clinched 9 medals including three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships.
Also, the two Indian boys and girls sealed quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics. Himani Kumari, a 15-year-old Haryana girl registered a commanding win over her Mongolian opponent Bayasgalan Badamjuani by 7-1 in the recurve cadet bronze play-off to seal the quota.
Earlier, in the day, 14-year-old Akash defeated Dhiraj Bommadevara of Andhra Pradesh 6-4 to bag the boys’ quota for the Youth Olympics in Argentina. Importantly, the Asian Championships also serves as the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Trailing 0-4 after two sets, Akash held his nerve to win three sets and finished with three perfect 10s for a gold medal.
On the other side, India also bagged two gold medals in the non-Olympic compound discipline. Abhishek Verma defeated Korean rival Kim Jongho to win the gold medal and made the whole country proud. Verma, however, could not win team gold as he along with Gurwinder Singh and Rajat Chauhan lost by two points to the Korean team of Jongho, Choi Yonghee and Kim Taeyoon, who totalled 234.
Indian women’s compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Trisha Deb and Parveena beat So Chaewon, Choi Bomin and Song Yun Soo 230-227 to win the gold medal. Meanwhile, Recurve senior men’s team of Jayanta Talukdar, Atanu Das and Yashdev lost to their Korean rivals 1-5 to settle for a silver. India also bagged a second silver in compound section as the mixed team lost to Korea, while Jyothi bagged a bronze to complete their tally.