Sports Desk, AnyTV, New Delhi
Published by: Rajeev Rai
Updated Mon, 28 Feb 2022 12:40 AM IST
Indian para archer Pooja Jatyan has created history by winning a silver medal in the individual section of the Para World Championships. Pooja missed out on a gold medal here but has become the first Indian player to win a silver medal at the World Championships. Pooja lost to Italy’s Patrilli Vincenza in the final to be content with the silver medal.
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The 24-year-old para archer had her eyes set on becoming the first female archer world champion at the senior level but the Gurugram lad could not overcome the challenge of the Tokyo Paralympic silver medalist in the final and finished 3-7 (24-24, 23-21, 3-7). 26-28, 24-26, 25-27). She made a comeback from a 0-2 loss to Britain’s Hazel Chesty, winning 6-2 to enter the final.
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India thus ended the campaign with two silver medals at the World Archery Para Championship with its best ever performance. Pooja and her senior teammate of the same name Pooja Khanna were up against rivals from Mongolia for the team bronze but lost 1-5.
The compound mixed pair of Shyam Sundar Swamy and Jyoti Baliyan had earlier opened India’s account by winning a silver medal which was also the country’s first medal at the World Archery Para Championships. Pooja, who qualified as the fourth seed, started her campaign with a 7-1 win over Pooja Khanna. She faced a tough challenge from Shvetlana Barantseva in the quarterfinals but managed to register a 6-4 win.