Jyothi downs mighty Koreans twice to win individual gold
World Championship triple silver medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam overcame the mighty Korean challenge twice, including in a gripping but controversial final, to win the women's compound individual gold at the Asian Archery Championships here on Thursday.
Fresh from winning three silver medals at the Yankton Worlds in September, Jyothi defeated 2015 world champion Kim Yunhee 148-143 in a lopsided semifinal, before sealing India's first gold against Oh Yoohyun with a one-point win (146-145).
Leading by two points going into the final set, the world number six Jyothi shot one 10 and hit the 9-ring twice, which was enough to land India the first gold medal after the Korean hit the 9-ring in a controversial decision.
The entire Korean contingent including the coaches challenged, believing it to be a 10, but the judge ruled it a 9, giving the result in India's favor.
''The arrow was completely missing 10. All Korean coaches went to the target which is not allowed as per rules to put pressure on the judge. As per the World Archery rules, it is a one judge call and cannot be protested,'' said an Indian coach in Dhaka.
Jyothi started in a spectacular fashion drilling in three perfect 10s to lead 20-29.
Showing great composure, the Andhra archer tilted the match in her favor once again with three 10s from her three arrows in the third set to go ahead 88-86.
Both the archers shot a perfect third round with scores of 30 each and all eyes were on the end with Jyothi holding on to her slender one-point advantage.
Needing a 10 in the final arrow to take the match to shoot-off, Yoohyun missed the ring by millimeters with the judge ruling out the Korean's protest.
It turned out to be sweet revenge for the Indian who settled for a silver in the mixed team event after losing to the top seed Koreans by one point to conclude her campaign with two medals. Jyothi had the company of 19-year-old Rishabh Yadav in the mixed pair event.
In a game of small margins, the Indian pair managed just two 10s from their four arrows in the second end. There was an opportunity in the third end when the Koreans shot two 9s, as the Indian pair needed all 10s to square it up. But they managed three 10s from their four arrows as the Koreans held on to their narrow lead to clinch the gold.
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