Abhishek, Jyothi pair win historic medal at World Games

Birmingham (USA), July 10 (Representative) India’s top compound archers Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam won country’s first ever medal at the World Games as the duo clinched the bronze in the mixed team event. The Indian team registered 157-156 win over Mexican team comprises world championships bronze medallist Andrea Becerra and Miguel Becerra in the bronze medal playoff on Saturday. The top seed pair of Abhishek and Jyothi lost 159-157 in the semifinals to the Colombian team of Daniel Munoz and women’s world No. 1 Sara Lopez, who is 2017 World Games individual champion, on Friday.

Earlier, India had beaten New Zealand 156-155 in the quarterfinals.In the men’s individual event, Abhishek finished fourth after suffering loss in the semifinal and the bronze medal contest. En route to semis, Abhishek has beaten Ben Thompson of USA 148-140 in the first round and ousted Robin Jaatma of Estonia (rank 7) 149-148 in the second round.In the quarterfinals, the Indian ace staged a huge upset stunned world No. 1 Mike Schloesser of the Netherlands. The scores were tied 149-149 after a five-setter duel before Abhishek wrapped up the win in the shoot-offIn the semifinal, he lost 141-143 against Jean Philippe Boulch of France before losing the bronze medal contest to Christopher Perkins of Canada.

Jyothi, however, had lost to Toja Ellison in the women’s quarterfinals. The World Games is a global multi-sport quadrennial event comprising sports that are not contested at the Olympic Games. First held in 1981, the World Games is organised a year after every Summer Olympics. India is competing in compound archery, billiards sports, dance sport, powerlifting, roller sports, sumo and wushu. Over 3,500 athletes are competing in 223 medal events across 34 sports at the World Games.