India has chance at 1st world crown in Mexico City

19 October 2017
Mexico City (MEX)
India has never won gold at the World Archery Championships before.

India’s Trisha Deb, Lily Chanu Paonam and Jyothi Surekha Vennam beat Germany in the compound women’s team semifinals at the 2017 Hyundai World Archery Championships, 232-227, to secure a gold medal match against Colombia and a chance at making history in Mexico City.

The nation has won four silver medals at the senior World Archery Championships, but never a gold.

“We are so proud of ourselves; it’s amazing to make the gold final,” said Paonam.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam added: “We will shoot the same as today and try to win gold. It will be our first time shooting against Colombia and they are good, so we’re excited about it.”

The Indian squad had the highest per-match average of any team in the field in Mexico.

Deb, Paonam and Vennam scored matches of 232, 233 and 232 points as they beat Russia, Denmark and then Germany in the elimination matches on the Campo Marte.

Paonam and Vennam both finished in the top 10 individually at these championships, while Deb came 17th after losing in the third round. 

The 2017 Hyundai World Archery Championships run 15-22 October in Mexico City, Mexico.