World Archery Championship 2017: Indian women's team one step away from creating history
What's the story?
The Indian women's compound archery team is one step away from creating history, having set up a championship clash with Colombia in the World Archery Championship that is being held in Mexico City, Mexico.
Having started off on a good note, the Indian team continued their good run and caused a lot of upsets on the way. The Indian squad had the highest per-match average of any team in the event. Trisha Deb, Lily Chanu Paonam and Jyothi Surekha Vennam scored 232, 233 and 232 points as they beat Russia, Denmark and then Germany in the elimination matches on the Campo Marte to set up the summit clash.
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The Indian team that is set to face Colombia in the final, will have a shot at history if they happen to beat their opponents, with Indian teams having won only silver medals on the four occasions that they have played in the finals of the World Archery Championships.
In the individual scenario, Paonam and Vennam finished in the Top-10 bracket while Trisha Deb finished in 17th place having lost in the third round of the competition.
Heart of the matter
In a major boost for the Indian team ahead of the clash, Lily Chanu Paonam caused an upset when she defeated 12th seeded Colombian Sara Lopez in the second round of the competition.
Scoring just 140 points, Sara was beaten by Lily who scored 141 points to trigger wild celebrations in the Indian camp. Given that the two of them will face off in the team event, it poses to be an interesting challenge and will also serve as an opportunity for the Indian team to build on the confidence and move towards a historic victory.
In recent times, India has produced a number of superstars in the field of sports and if the women's team manages to clinch the title, it would not only be a matter of pride, it would also inspire the youth to take up the sport.
For a long time, sports like badminton and cricket have produced many laurels for the country and if the women's team pulls off this victory, it would be the first of many to come in the sport of archery.
We wish the women's team all the very best for the crucial clash that could potentially see some history being re-written.