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Video: India's Abhishek Verma wins gold at Asian Archery Championships after incredible shoot-off

815   //    29 Nov 2017, 14:45 IST

Ace Indian archer Abhishek Verma, who had earlier won gold at 2014 Asian Games, added one more feather to his cap as he went on to emerge victorious in the individual men's compound event at the 2017 Asian Archery Championships held in Dhaka.

The Delhiite overcame some stiff competition from Korean Kim Jongho as he got the better of his opponent in a nerve-wracking shoot-off after the scores were tied at 147-147 after the first five rounds.

In the shoot-off, the Korean Jongho shot first and produced a score of 10. However, Verma responded with a 10 of his own and since his shot was closer to the centre, he claimed victory in the shoot-off and won gold.

Abhishek Verma
Abhishek Verma

Success in the mixed compound category

In the mixed compound category, Verma continued his successful alliance with Jyothi Surekha Vennam as the duo reached the finals stage of the Championships after beating the Chinese Taipei team by a 154-153 margin in the semis.

However, in the final, they were up against the Koreans and lost out by a narrow 157-153 scoreline, that won India a silver medal.

Consistency, the key factor in Abhishek's brand of play

After stamping his authority in the domestic scenario, Abhishek represented the Indian team in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon where he was a member of the gold-medal winning compound men's team and also won the silver medal in the individual compound event.

A year later, in August 2015, he won the gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Poland following which just a couple of months later he was in his element yet again as he went on to win a historic silver medal at the Archery World Cup final in Mexico.

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