Archery World Cup: Jyothi-Abhishek win gold in compound mixed team, Jyothi wins silver in individual

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

India won their maiden World Cup gold in the compound mixed team archery event after the duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam outclassed their experienced French opponents at the Stage 3 edition here on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jyothi also won silver in the women's individual compound, losing after a shoot-off against Great Britain's Ella Gibson. They had tied 148-148 and then 10-10 in the shootoff, but Gibson's arrow had been closer to the centre than Jyothi's.

Earlier, riding on a spectacular start, the Indians withstood late resistance from the French pair of Jean Boulch and 48-year-old Olympic medallist Sophie Dodemont to seal the contest 152-149, a first-ever World Cup gold for India in the compound mixed team event .

The gold also opened the account of Indian archers, who will also have the trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur compete in the final of the women's recurve on Sunday.

The third-seeded Indians got off to a flier, drilling in four 10s that included two Xs to race to a three-point lead and put early pressure on the French pair.

The Indians managed just one 10 in the second end as the French duo reduced the deficit to one-point.

The third was a tie, while in the deciding fourth end, Abhishek and Jyothi held their nerves to edge out their opponents by two points to annexe the title.

The most successful Indian compound pair of Abhishek and Jyothi have a handful of World Cup bronze medals and their best has been a World Cup Final silver at Yankton last year.