Ankita Bhakat, the lone Indian survivor, was placed seventh in the women’s recurve of the World Archery Championships, an Olympic event that concluded this weekend on a 100-acre campus at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center in Yankton, South Dakota, US .
Ankita was defeated 2-6 by US silver medalist Casey Caufhold in the quarterfinals. Earlier, the 23-year-old from Kolkata, the milkman’s daughter, defeated fourth seed Korean archer Kang Chae Young 6-4 in the pre-quarterfinals.
In the second and third round, Ankita defeated Czech Republic’s Jindriska Venenkova 7-3 and Moldova’s Alexandra Mirka 7-1. The Indian, ranked 17th in the world, had a bye in the first round and was ranked seventh out of 77 contestants.
Ankita, who has won seven international medals, is yet to win an individual medal at the prestigious World Championships though this is her second appearance. She won team gold medals at the 2017 World Youth Meet and at the World Cup stages earlier this year and is touted as a worthy successor to Deepika Kumari.
Korean Kang had defeated world junior champion Komalika Bari of India 6-4 in the third round.
Another Indian, Riddhi, lost in the second in the recurve event.
Partha Salunkhe and Atul Verma, who competed in the men’s section, lost in the first two rounds, while Aditya Chaudhary reached the fourth round and lost 6-0 to Miguel Garcia of Spain.
“So many archers who competed in the recent Tokyo Olympics and won medals, like An San from South Korea are here. They are inspiring. I was just watching his shoots and thinking how well he is shooting. Seeing him, I feel that I will shoot like this and do well in future also.
India returned home with three silver medals won in the compound women’s team and mixed events and also V Jyoti Surekha’s lone individual victory in the compound event.
In the gold medal era, Vijayawada The girl lost 146-144 to Sara Lopez of Colombia. This was also Jyoti’s third meeting with Sara at the Worlds final here. Jyoti also played a major role in both the team finals which came second against Colombia.