Shyam Sundar Swami and Jyoti Baliyan assured India of its first medal at the World Archery Para Championships by reaching the final of compound mixed team open event in Dubai on Wednesday.
The duo, who have previously won silver at the 2021 Fazza World Ranking event in the UAE and the 2019 Bangkok Asian Championships, downed the French pair of Julie Chupin and Thierry Joussaume 151-145 in the semi-final. In the quarterfinals, they beat Maria Andrea Virgilio and Matteo Bonacina of Italy 147-146 in an intense match. They had started off defeating Iraq 151-138.
They will face the Russian Archery Federation in the gold medal match on Friday.
India's Jyoti and Shyam Sundar Swami are into the mixed doubles final at the World #Archery Para Championships!
- World Archery (@worldarchery) February 23, 2022
"I am excited to be back on the shooting line and hope to go home with my first world championship medal," Jyoti was quoted as saying by PTI. "It's a great feeling to enter finals at the start of championships and Dubai has been a happy hunting ground for the entire team. I hope to make it memorable."
Confident of becoming the first world champions from the country, Shyam said, "I had that feeling that we could go for the gold. There is a lot of wind but we have trained shooting in all conditions. I'm thinking about taking the gold medal in the final. Dubai is lucky for the Indian team."
The duo had won silver at the same venue, the Dubai Club for People of Determination, in the Fazza Para Archery World Ranking Tournament last year. "I always have had good results in Dubai," said Jyoti.
India is being represented by nine archers at the World Archery Para Championships, including the Tokyo Paralympics bronze medallist Harvinder Singh who will begin his campaign on Thursday.
(With inputs from PTI)