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Taipei Archery Open 2023: Prathamesh Jawkar wins first Indoor World Series gold

Published at :December 10, 2023 at 4:48 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:17 AM
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Parneet Kaur beat Jyothi Surekha Vennam to win gold in women’s compound.

In a record breaking final day, Indian archers clinched seven medals at the Taipei Archery Open 2023 – World Indoor Series 250 event. Sachin Chaudhary started the proceedings by winning the gold medal defeating Hao-An Lu (148-143) in men’s U-21 compound archery.

Bhajan Kaur who finished first in the qualification round, continued her sublime form and secured the top spot by beating Fong You Jhu (7-1) in women’s U-21 recurve archery. She is the only Indian recurve archer to bag gold in the tournament with Goldi Mishra settling for bronze in the U-21 men’s section.

Later in the day, the senior compound team put up a tremendous show led by Parneet Kaur. The youngster is having a dream season this year. A month back she won the gold medal at Asian Archery Championships and now beat Asian Games 2023 champion Jyothi Surekha Vennam in a close encounter (146-145) in the final.

Three Indian compound archers finished in the top three at the end of the qualification round – Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Parneet Kaur and Muskan Kirar. Unfortunately, Muskan had to bow out in the pre-quarterfinals losing in the shoot-off.

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This was closely followed by the men’s final with Prathamesh Jawkar taking on 2013 world champion from the Netherlands Mike Schloesser. The Indian defeated the experienced Dutch archer 149-148 to win his maiden Indoor World Series title. Earlier in the qualification round, Mike scored a perfect 600 (all 10s) and was the favourite to lift the trophy.

In the bronze medal playoff match, Aman Saini got the better of compatriot Kawalpreet Singh (147-146) and settled for third spot. Close to 400 archers took part in the competition with mass participation from the Asian contingent.

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