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WC for archery: Verma, Vennam best ranked Indians after qualifying round

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WC for archery: Verma, Vennam best ranked Indians after qualifying round

Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam came out on top of the Indians with their respective 11th and 15th places in the men’s and women’s qualifying rounds in stage 3 of the World Archery Cup here on Wednesday.

In their first international competition in about two years, the Indian team shooters looked rusty.

The two-time World Cup champion Verma scored 706 points. Aman Saini was then the best in 21st place (704) and was followed by the low 42nd (697) place of Rajat Chauhan.

The trio collected 2107 points to take sixth place in the opening round against 11th place Sweden.

The Indian team finished sixth with 2,066 points and will face 11th-ranked France in the elimination match of the first round.

Individually, Jyothi shot with 695 points to take 15th place, while Saanchi Dhalla (690) and Akshita (681) took 22nd and 32nd place respectively.

In the combined doubles combination, Verma and Jyothi are in ninth place and will say goodbye in the last 16, where they will face eighth-ranked Russia.

The Indian team shooters last competed at the Asian Championships in Bangkok in November 2019, where the duo of Verma and Vennam upset Chinese Taipei to win a gold medal.

The squad was forced to withdraw from the first stage of the opening season of the World Cup in Guatemala after its coach’s report of a “false positive” on COVID-19.

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