Jakarta: The Indian women’s compound archery team qualified in second place for the Asian Games quarterfinals, pipped by powerhouse Korea in the ranking rounds, here Wednesday.
India were already through to the quarters with a first round bye and Wednesday’s round only decided the placement of the teams in the draw based on their rankings. India ended up in the bottom half with Korea in the upper half.
Jyoti Sureka Vennam was the star of the show, grabbing the second spot in the individual rankings. Jyoti finished with 706 points, just one less than top-ranked Yinsuhan Chen of Taipei.
Muskan Kiran finished ninth with 691 points while Madhumita Kumari was 11th with 689. Trisha Deb, who had won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, managed 683 points, which placed her 19th.
The Indian team tallied 2085 points behind Korea, who created a Games record of 2105.
The quarterfinals are scheduled to be played, Sunday.
“We will see before the event, which players will compete. It was very close. We had a good day. The conditions were good, though it was slightly hot out there,” India’s compound coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja said.
“Our archers have been very consistent. The performance at Incheon had boosted their confidence. We have done well in World Cups too. We are surely contenders for medal in Compound,” Teja added.