Mexico impresses as Netherlands and India also claim Shanghai team success
Mexico claimed the full set of medals across the compound team events at the second stage of the 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai, China.
Andrea Becerra, Ana Sofia Hernández Jeon and Dafne Quintero steered Mexico to gold in the women’s team final, while Mexico’s men had to settle for silver in the men’s team behind the Netherlands.
Then, a shoot-off victory over Italy in the mixed team was enough for bronze, after Jyothi Surekha Vennam had shot a 10 to clinch gold for India at the expense of Korea in the final.
After winning women’s team gold, Andrea then joined forces with Miguel Becerra in the mixed team to earn a bronze medal and she was particularly happy with the former.
“We are super happy and excited,” she said. “It’s like stepping in the right direction.”
Andrea added that the win set the team up perfectly for the Pan American and Central American Games later in the year.
The trio of Andrea, Ana Sofia and Dafne earned a comfortable win in the women’s team gold medal match, 230-226, over Korea, with Türkiye clinching a much tighter encounter in the bronze, 231-230, against Great Britain.
There was a second successive gold medal for Indian mixed pair of Vennam and Ojas Pravin Deotale, after the duo were also victorious in the opening stage of the 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Türkiye.
Having made such a strong start to the 2023 Hyundai Archery World Cup season, Vennam is now dreaming big with the World Archery Championships in Berlin a couple of months away.
“Throughout the World Cup, our co-ordination and shooting process were very good,” she said. “And in the final too, we focused on our shooting process.”
“World Championships are the most important event for us. And winning the gold medals is a big boost to our confidence. We look to continue the momentum.”
In a tight final against Korea, India prevailed 156-155 to make it two wins from two for the new combination.
The success in Shanghai came in dramatic circumstances however, Vennam shooting a 10 before a measurement was needed on Oh Yoohyun’s final arrow to confirm the Indian success.
The Netherlands produced its lowest score of the entire event but that was still enough to take the gold in the men’s team final, 231-229, against Mexico, with Türkiye convincing with a 233-224 win in the battle for bronze.
It was a comfortable victory in the end for the Dutch, Jay Tjin-A-Djie making no mistake when needing an eight from his final arrow to wrap up the win for the trio of Mike Schloesser, Sil Pater and Jay Tjin-A-Djie.
For former world individual champion Schloesser, it was a promising showing from a relatively new team, who started playing together only recently.
“It was a new experience for us to play in the finals and how to react to each other in important situation like today,” he said. “It’s a learning process for us as a team.”
Competition continues with compound individual finals this afternoon in Shanghai.
Podiums: Shanghai 2023
Check full results on the World Archery website.
Compound men’s team
- Netherlands (Mike Schloesser, Sil Pater, Jay Tjin-A-Djie)
- Mexico (Miguel Becerra, Del Rio Juan, Sebastian Garcia)
- Türkiye (Batuhan Akcaoglu, Emircan Haney, Yakup Yıldız)
Compound women’s team
- Mexico (Andrea Becerra, Ana Sofía Hernández Jeon, Dafne Quintero)
- Korea (Oh Yoohyun, So Chaewon, Song Yun Soo)
- Türkiye (Hazal Burun, Ipek Tomruk, Irmak Yuksel)
Compound mixed team
- India (Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Ojas Pravin Deotale)
- Korea (Oh Yoohyun, Kim Jongho)
- Mexico (Andrea Becerra, Miguel Becerra)