Thursday, August 18, 2022

World Games: Verma stuns Schloesser

Star Indian compound archer Abhishek Verma shocked world champion Mike Schloesser to storm into the semi-final of the World Games here.
The two were locked 149-149 after a five-setter duel and the tie-breaker also was a stalemate with both shooting perfect 10s, but the Indian edged out the world number one shooting closer to centre to make the last-four on Friday. India also remained in the fray in the mixed compound section where Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam were scheduled to play for bronze medal against Mexico later on Saturday.
The World Games is a multi-sport event with only compound section in archery. On Friday, the Indian pair lost 159-157 in the semi-finals to the Colombian duo of Daniel Munoz and women’s world No. 1 Sara Lopez, a 2017 World Games individual champion.
Earlier, India had beaten New Zealand 156-155 in the quarter-finals.
The Mexican team comprises world championships bronze medallist Andrea Becerra and Miguel Becerra.
Abhishek Verma also impressed in the individual rounds. Among the four Indian archers in the men’s individual events, Abhishek Verma was the only one who made the semi-finals. En route, world No. 5 Abhishek Verma beat Ben Thompson of USA (rank 16) 148-140 in the first round and upstaged Robin Jaatma of Estonia (rank 7) 149-148 in the next.
The Indian then stunned world No. 1 Mike Schloesser of the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
The two ended tied 149-149 before Abhishek Verma edged ahead in the shoot-off.


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