Mohit Deshwal stunned two world championship medalists, Korea’s Yonghee Choi and No. 8 Amir Kazempour of Iran, as he headed to the compound men’s individual semifinals at the Asian Archery Championships arch monday.
India was assured of a place in the men’s individual compound final as experienced Abhishek Verma took on Mohit in the semi-finals.
Mohit, who was ranked 16th in the qualifying round, scored consistently to defeat Vietnam’s Duc Loc Pham (149-141), Choi (148-148, 10-9) and Kazempour (148-144) to reach the last four.
Abhishek also showed his good form to overtake Vietnamese Van Duc Trinh (149-139), his compatriot Aman Saini (150-143) and Iranian Mohammadsaleh Palizban (149-147) to advance to the last four.
Rishabh Yadav was beaten (145-145, 9*-9) by Kazakh archer Sergey Khristich in the quarter-finals.
In compound individual women, only V. Jyothi Surekha, the silver medalist of the Worlds, out of three quarter-finals was able to reach the semi-finals. Jyothi beat Vietnam’s Le Phuong Thao (146-141) and fellow countryman Parneet Kaur 148-146 to enter the medal round.
Priya Gurjar lost to Korean Yoohyun Oh of Korea 145-144 in quarters.
In the classic women’s individual event, three Indians lost to their Korean rivals in the quarter-finals. Junior world champion Komalika Bari, Madhu Vedwan and Ridhi lost to Su Jung Ryoo (6-4), Haejin Lim (6-0) and Yejin Oh (6-0) respectively. Olympian Pravin Jadhav and national champion Parth Salunkhe also lost to Korea’s Woo Tack Han (6-4) and Pil-Joong Kim (6-4) respectively in the men’s individual quarter-finals.