Indian archers produced an impressive performance, grabbing three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships on 30 November 2017. Two Indian boys and girls also booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics.
15-year-old Haryana girl Himani Kumari defeated her Mongolian opponent Bayasgalan Badamjuani 7-1 in the recurve cadet bronze play-off to bag the quota. Earlier in an all-Indian cadet recurve final, 14-year-old Akash, who also belongs to Haryana, defeated Dhiraj Bommadevara of Andhra Pradesh 6-4 to bag the boys quota for the Youth Olympics in Argentina.
This tournament also serves as the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Trailing 0-4 after two sets, Akash held his nerve to win three sets and finished with three perfect 10s for a brilliant gold medal triumph. Abhishek Verma beat Korean rival Kim Jongho to win the gold and prevent a clean sweep of individual crowns by Korea. Indian women’s compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Trisha Deb and Parveena beat So Chaewon, Choi Bomin and Song Yun Soo 230-227 to win the gold medal.