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Surekha back in Indian team

J. R. Shridharan
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Jyothi Surekha
Jyothi Surekha

For Vennam Jyothi Surekha, the sixteen-year-old international archer, it was a gratifying moment as she regained her lost place in the Indian compound women’s team.

Following her stupendous show at the New Delhi selection trials organised by Archery Association India (AAI) on Sunday, she has earned the coveted berth for the World Stage 3 and 4 events at Columbia and Poland respectively.

The talented teen sensation finished on top defeating Manjudha Soy of Indian Railways 147-138 in the final. Earlier, Surekha had a dream run by scoring more than 145 points (out of 150) on a couple of occasions – a record of sorts in women archery.

Surekha lost her place in the Indian team for the World Stage 1 and 2 events at China and Turkey as she finished fifth in the selections trials at Jamshedpur in April. “She failed to hit the target twice and she was off-colour. I am happy as she has bounced back to grab her place in the national team,” said her father Surendra from the capital city. She could not go to Asian Grand Prix in February, despite winning the national ranking tournament at Hyderabad, as she was busy appearing for the crucial senior intermediate exams.

Surekha, with her persistent training at the open field owned by ACA secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju at Seethanagaram, got her rhythm back and she proved her mettle at the New Delhi defeating some of the best of archers.

“Jyothi, Manjudha Soy, Trisha, and Lily Chanu will represent India in the two prestigious international tournaments. AAI is yet to decide on the venues for the national camp. Once the venue is decided Jyothi will be in the Indian camp training under national coaches,” said Surendra. Incidentally, Surekha is a student of Koneru Lakshmaiah University pursuing first year Mechanical Engineering.

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