The women’s combine emerged triumphant in an edge-of-the-seat thriller while the men’s outfit secured the top prize without fuss as Indian compound archers swept all three gold medals on offer in team events, further bettering their best-ever show at the Asian Games, here on Thursday.
The women’s compound team edged past Taiwan by the thinnest of margins, securing the gold medal win by just one point with Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami and Parneet Kaur shooting 60 out of 60 in the final round of a heart-stopping final.
Having knocked out two-time defending champions South Korea, the Taiwan trio of Chen Yi-Hsuan, Huang I-Jou and Wang Lu-Yun fought till the end but the top-seeded Indian team won 230-229.
The scores were locked 200-200 till the last set but the young Indian team that has two teenagers — Aditi and Parneet — remained ice-cool to find three more 10s in the final three arrows.
Abhishek Verma, Prathamesh Samadhan Jawkar and Ojas Pravin Deotale after winning the gold medal on Thursday. PTI photo
It put the pressure back on their opponents who were to shoot last and needed to match with three 10s to force a shootoff.
But Taiwan started off with a nine that sealed the gold for India.
Having conquered the world less than two months back, it also completed India women’s compound team’s domination by becoming the Asian champions.
In the afternoon session, the men’s trio of Abhishek Verma, Ojas Deotale and Prathamesh Jawkar downed South Koreans 235-230.
India’s second gold in archery on Thursday also assured the country of at least five medals in archery at the ongoing Asian Games.
India’s mixed team had won a gold on Wednesday.
For 27-year-old Jyothi this was also a double gold from this edition, having secured the top spot in the podium with Ojas Deotale in the compound mixed team event on Wednesday.
The Vijaywada archer is in line for a hat-trick of gold as she will take on South Korea’s So Chaewon in the compound individual final on Saturday.
India have confirmed at least five medals in archery at the continental showpiece as Deotale and Abhishek Verma are assured of a top-two finish by making it an all-India men’s compound individual final.
India’s previous best show in archery at the Asian Games was in Incheon 2014 where they had claimed one gold, one silver and one bronze.
“We are very happy because this is the first time that we have won a gold medal in the Asian Games in the compound women’s category,” the 27-year-old Jyothi said.