Zhang ensures second medal at home stage reaching mixed team final
The Chinese, who claimed recurve women’s team bronze yesterday – after team silver in Antalya a month ago – teamed up with Wang Dapeng to defeat Turkiye’s Fatma Marasli and Mete Gazoz in their semifinal.
“I’m happy to be in the [gold] final for the second time this year,” Mengyao said. “I feel proud to do this at my home stage.”
Marasli and Gazoz had earlier overcome the Chinese Taipei duo of Peng-Chia Mao and Tang Chih-Chun, seeded second, in their semifinal and will face Indonesia’s Diananda Choirunisa and Alviyanto Bagas Prastyadi in the bronze medal match.
Up against China in the final will be Korea, who qualified as top seeds and successfully navigated the knockout rounds.
“The win against Spain boosted our confidence and our game for the semifinals,” said Lee Woo Seok. “That quarterfinal was a tough match, as they have strong players.”
Lee and Kang Chae Young went on to convincingly beat Indonesia in the semifinals and were one of two Korean teams to make a mixed team final on Friday.
The compound competition saw Korea and India reach the final after a pair of thrilling semifinal victories over Mexico and Italy respectively.
But it was Korea who progressed to the final with a perfect score in the shoot-off.
“Our communication and trust for each other is the key to our victory,” said Jongho. “We are focusing on this event right now, not thinking about the future.”
The second semifinal between India and Italy provided a near-identical story, with both teams on 157 points after four ends of their semifinal.
And while both India and Italy shot a score of 19 in the tie-break, it was India who progressed to the final with their shooting closer to the middle.
“It was a very good match,” said Deotale. “There were some tense moments, but we told ourselves not to give up until the end.”
Vennam and Deotale will go for their second World Cup gold together this season, having previously triumphed in Antalya.
Competition in Shanghai continues on Friday with recurve elimination in the afternoon.
Mixed team finals: Shanghai 2023
The compound mixed team medal matches are scheduled for Saturday 20 May. The recurve mixed team medal matches are scheduled for Sunday 21 May.
- Gold medal match: Korea versus China
- Bronze medal match: Turkiye versus Indonesia
- Gold medal match: Korea versus India
- Bronze medal match: Mexico versus Italy