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Archery World Cup: India Wins Gold In China

India continued its dominance in non-Olympic compound archery with a clean sweep of the team events and a hat-trick of gold medals in the first phase of the ongoing World Cup in Shanghai,  China. 

In this first global tournament of the season, India's women's compound team defeated Italy 236-225. The Indian trio of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swamy and Preneet Kaur lost only four points in 24 arrows and opened their account with the gold medal by defeating sixth seeded Italy by a huge margin.

In the men's team, Abhishek Verma, Priyansh and Prathamesh F defeated Netherlands 238-231. The Netherlands team included Mike Schlosser, Sil Pieters and Stef Willems. After this, India's mixed team made a clean sweep by winning the third gold medal in the compound category. 

Second seeded pair of Jyoti and Abhishek defeated the mixed pair of Lisel Jatma and Robin Jatma of Estonia 158-157 in a thrilling match.

It is a double gold medal for current Asian Games champion Jyoti. She is in contention for the gold medal in the individual event and will play her semi-finals at the end of the day. Priyansh is also in the race for an individual medal in the compound category. The medal rounds in the recurve category will be held on Sunday and India will be eyeing two gold medals in the Olympic category. 

The Indian men's team will face Olympic champion South Korea in the gold medal match.

Deepika Kumari is in contention for an individual medal and will play her semi-final against her South Korean opponent in the women's recurve category. The top-seeded women's compound team lost only four points from 24 arrows in the first match of the day to defeat sixth-seeded Italy. 

In the first set of six arrows, the Indian team did not score a perfect 10 only twice and took a 178-171 lead over the Italian team of Marcella Tonioli, Irene Franchini and Elisa Rohner.

The fourth seeded men's team made a perfect start by scoring 60 and lost only two points in the next two sets. After this, he won by scoring a perfect 60 in the final set. In the compound mixed team event, Jyoti and Abhishek made a perfect start with a score of 40 and took a lead of three points. 

The Indian pair was leading 119-117 and needed 39 points out of 40 in the end and by doing so, they won the third gold medal for the country.