Archery World Cup: Jyothi-Abhishek reach compound mixed team final

Jyothi Surekha Vennam. Dean Alberga/Handout/World Archery Federation via Getty Images

Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam are into the compound mixed team final of the Archery World Cup Stage 3 at Paris.

A day after Deepika Kumari and Co.reached final of recurve women's team event, the compound mixed pair of Verma and Jyothi followed suit, defeating Estonia's Robin Jaatma and Lisell Jaatma 156-151 in a lopsided semi-final.

The Indian duo will face fifth seed France in the compound mixed team final on Saturday.

Making a comeback after more than seven months, world number 3 Jyothi is also in the hunt for an individual medal, having advanced into the semi-final.

A day after Lisell gave Jyothi a tough fight in the individual quarterfinal, the Estonian along with her teammate Robin failed to create much pressure and slipped behind after the Indian pair had a perfect first round.

Maintaining their consistency, Verma and Jyothi extended their lead to five points in the third round that proved decisive, even as their rivals levelled it 38-38 in the final set of arrows.

Having got a bye into the pre-quarters, third seeded India began their mixed team campaign eliminating Puerto Rico by a handsome eight-point margin (158-150).

In the quarters, the Indian duo faced their stiffest challenge from El Salvador's Roberto Hernandez and Sofia Paiz who stretched it to shoot-off.

But Verma and Jyothi kept their calm to oust their 11th seed opponents, drilling in an X which made the difference in the shoot-off after their final scoreline read an identical 155-155 (19-19).

A new-look recurve mixed pair of Tarundeep Rai and Ankita Bhakat, however, made a first round exit going down to lower-ranked Kazakhstan 4-5 (34-36 37-33 37-35 35-36) (18-20) in a shoot-off.

The Indian duo was inconsistent and squandered a 4-2 lead from being 0-2 down as the Kazakh bounced back to force a shootoff.

In the shootoff, Rai and Ankita managed two 9s as the Kazakh pair sealed it with two perfect 10s.

Ankita made the cut at the expense of world number 3 Deepika Kumari, who slipped in the qualification round.

Meanwhile, Indian challenge ended in the individual recurve events.

Veteran Jayanta Talukdar was the best among his teammates, making a last-32 exit losing to top seed Kim Woojin in a fiercely-contested battle.

The Tokyo Olympic champion was stretched the fullest after Talukdar put up a stirring fightback from being 0-4 down to make it 5-all to force a shoot-off.

Talukdar, however, missed by a point to lose an epic five-setter plus shoot-off with the scoreline reading 5-6 (27-28 26-29 29-27 29-29 29-28) (9-10).

In women's recurve event, Deepika lost out in the opening round with a shock 2-6 (25-29 28-27 24-25 27-29) loss against Chiara Rebagliati of Italy.

Simranjeet Kaur overcame the opening round hurdle but only to be eliminated by Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lei Chien-Ying of Chinese Taipei in straight sets 0-6 (25-26 25-28 25-26).