A major achievement for Vijayawada as local girl and archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha won a silver medal for the country in the recent World University Games that are in progress at Gwangju, Korea. Surekha won the medal on Tuesday, 7th July 2015.
Surekha, along with Kawalpreet Singh from Punjab University made it to the silver after losing to the Republic of Korea in the mixed compound event. The duo representing India punched 150 against Korea’s 157.
Vennam Jyothi Surekha entered the Limca Book of Records when she was four years old, after crossing the river Krishna three times with a distance of 5 km in 3 hrs, 20 minutes and 6 seconds. She also participated at the 2012 FITA Archery World Cup that was held at Antalya, Turkey. Surekha also won bronze at 2013 World Youth Championship in Wuxi, China in the Compounr Jr Women Team and Mixed Team respectively.
“Korea was in lead right from the first game. Jyothi scored 77 points out of 80 while Kawalpreet was able to haul 73. Kalwalpreet looked a bit dejected as earlier the day he lost to Italy in the men’s team bronze medal event,” Surekha’s father Surendra stated.
Prior to this, Surekha and Kawalpreet defeated Belgium pair in the bronze medal fixture. Belgium gave a tough fight but the Indian archers surged ahead on a 154-153 score.
In the quarterfinal of the game, the two defeated Mexico by three points (156-153).
In an individual event, Jyothi Surekha, finished fifth as she went down to a Mexican archer just by one point (146-147) losing an opportunity to enter the semi-finals. Surekha’s medal is the first one by any athlete from the State in the World University Games.
Surekha is unlikely to come to Vijayawada anytime soon as she will undergo training after landing in Delhi on July 10 and later proceed to Copenhagen, Denmark, to take part in the World Archery Championship from June 26.
The Asian Games bronze medalist is also in the Indian team that will take part in the World Cup Stage IV at Poland in August. Surekha’s achivement was lauded by Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju and her alma mater, KLU, which sponsored her trip, granting INR 2 lakh.