Pooja Jatyan, a rookie in the sport of para archery, made history on Sunday when she became the first Indian to win a silver medal in an individual competition at the Para World Championships in Dubai.
Pooja Jatyan’s magical run at the World Para Championships came to an end with a silver medal as she was defeated by the Italian Petrilli Vincenza in the summit clash.
The 24-year-old archer from Gurugram was competing in the final against an Italian archer who had won the silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. The winner of the match would become the first Indian woman to win the senior archery world championship. Pooja Jatyan, who has had polio since she was a youngster, put up a gallant display, rushing to a 3-1 lead, but the world No. 7 Italian utilized her enormous expertise to bounce back and upset the Indian 3-7. (24-24, 23-21, 26-28, 24-26, 25-27).
As a result, India finished its best World Archery Para Championships ever with two silver medals, a first for the nation in the sport. Earlier, India competed in the World Championships in Beijing in 2017 and Den Bosch in 2019, when Paralympic archer Rakesh Kumar came very close to winning the bronze medal.
Pooja Jatyan and the Italian player began the championship match with a tie in the first set of the match. However, Pooja Jatyan went on to take a 3-1 lead and win the match over her favored competitor in the second set. Vincenza’s performance improved around the midway point, and she won the third set with a score of one 10 and two 9s, bringing the score to three games all.
The Indian, who was under a lot of strain, started to struggle as she hit three 7s in the last two ends, while Vincenza, who was playing consistently well, won the last two sets and clinched the deal by taking the match.
Pooja Jatyan made history earlier in the day when she became the first Indian athlete to compete in the final of an individual event at the Paralympic World Championships. Pooja Jatyan overcame a deficit of 0-2 to win 6-2 against Hazel Chaisty, a British player in her 49th year, and advance to the championship match.
The second set was where the woman, who is 24 years old, had her best performance, as she shot two 9s and an X. She won the last three sets and the match by a score of 28-24, 25-24, and 24-21 respectively. Pooja gained a bye into the second round thanks to her position as the fourth seed, and she proceeded to dominate her senior compatriot Pooja Khanna by a score of 7-1. She proceeded to the following round and triumphed over Svetlana Barantseva of Russia, who is ranked sixth in the world, by a score of 6-4 to claim victory.
However, the Indian team consisting of Pooja Jatyan and her senior teammate Khanna did not succeed in winning a third medal in the recurve women’s open team competition. They were defeated by their competitors from Mongolia by a score of 1-5. Harvinder Singh, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, saw his run in the individual men’s open recurve competition come to an end when he was defeated by Park Jun Beom of South Korea in a match that was played in the pre-quarterfinal round.
Singh put on an outstanding show as he made a comeback by winning the next two sets, but he failed to perform well in the last set. Singh started the match down two sets. Singh expressed his dissatisfaction, saying, “It’s disheartening… Once I get back, I need to concentrate on my shooting,” and he pledged to perform better next time.
Earlier in the competition, the compound mixed pair of Shyam Sundar Swami and Jyoti Baliyan had opened India’s account with a silver medal. This was the first medal that India had won at the World Archery Para Championships.
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