Archery World Championships: Ankita Bhakat placed seventh in women’s recurve
Indian lone survivor Ankita Bhakat was placed seventh in the women’s recurve, an Olympic event, of the World Archery Championships which concluded this weekend at the 100-acre NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center in Yankton, South Dakota, United States.
Ankita was outnumbered by eventual silver medalist Casey Kaufhold of the United States in the 2-6 quarterfinals. Earlier, the 23-year-old from Kolkata, daughter of Milkman, surprised Korean archer Kang Chae Young 6-4 in the pre-quarterfinals.
In the second and third rounds, Ankita defeated Jindriska Vaneckova of the Czech Republic 7-3 and Alexandra Mirca of Moldova 7-1. The 17th ranked Indian in the world who won a first round bypass placed seventh out of 77 competitors.
Ankita, who has won seven international medals, is yet to win an individual medal at the prestigious World Championships, even though this is his second appearance. She had won team gold medals at the 2017 World Youth Meeting and World Cup stages earlier this year and is being touted as the worthy successor of Deepika Kumari.
Korea’s Kang beat world junior champion Komalika Bari of India 6-4 in the third round.
Another Indian in classic, Ridhi lost in the second.
Parth Salunkhe and Atul Verma, who competed in the men’s category, lost in the first two rounds while Aditya Choudhary reached the fourth round before succumbing to Spain’s Miguel Garcia 6-0.
“So many archers who competed and won medals at the recent Tokyo Olympics like An San from South Korea are here. They are inspiring. I was just watching their shooting and thinking how good they were shooting. , I think I will shoot like that too and do as well in the future, ”Komalika told worldarchery.spot of her move from junior tournaments to senior level.
India returned home with three silver medals won by the women’s compound in the compound and mixed events and V Jyothi Surekha’s only individual victory also in the compound event.
In the gold medal round, Vijayawada’s daughter lost to Colombian Sara Lopez by 146-144. It was also Jyothi’s third meeting with Sara in the World Cup final here. Jyothi also played a leading role in both team finals, which also finished second against Colombia.