Telugu lady and Indian archer Jyothi Surekha is clearly at her best possible. She scripted historical past by turning into the primary Indian to bag three medals (silver) — particular person, compound staff, and combined staff occasions — on the World Championships in Yankton, USA, on Saturday. With this, her total tally of medals on the World Championships is now six, which is one other report in itself.
“It’s overwhelming! It’s always a great feeling winning medals for the country,” says Jyothi on a phone dialog from the US, whereas including proper after that the considered three medals is but to sink in.
“We all had an ice cream party and a cool get-together, congratulating each other on the way we performed.”
The Indian compound combined staff on the ongoing World Championships contains Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha, whereas the compound girls’s staff options Jyothi Surekha, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar.
Nevertheless, she’s nonetheless smarting from not having gained past silvers right here. “All in the team had kept pushing for gold and gave their best. But it just wasn’t our day,” she feedback.
The staff participant
The 25-year-old laptop engineer, who’s the youngest recipient of the Arjuna Award, had gained two bronze medals on the 2019 World Archery Championships. Naturally, profitable World Championship medals is pushing her to excel additional.
“I hadn’t expected a medal this year but I was confident that we’d come back home with a medal. So, I’m lucky,” she places in modestly. “But nothing would’ve been possible without the team’s support; they were constantly motivating each other and always charged up.”
With preps for the World Championship starting a month in the past, Jyothi and her staff additionally had powerful apply periods other than bodily workout routines. “We knew that World Championship is the biggest event, so we were all prepared for it. Also, the coaching and the support staff were with us all through so that we’d give our best,” she says, thanking her coaches J Rama Rao and Jeevan Jyothi Singh Teja.
The wind in her sail
Nevertheless, archery is an costly sport and never all can take it up. However Surekha reminds us that the Authorities has initiated ‘Khelo India’ programme to identify expertise and supply athletes with the required services. “If you have it in you, there’re several options to rise in the sport,” she provides.
Nevertheless, Jyothi credit her dad and mom for her progress. “I began the sport when I was only 10 years old. In fact, it was my parents who decided that I get into archery,” says Jyothi. “They’ve been with me through all my ups and downs, never discouraging me even when I didn’t win medals. So whatever I’m today I owe it to them.”
Sharing extra insights on her dad and mom’ contribution in her victories, Jyothi speaks of the preliminary struggles they went by way of. For starters, Jyothi needed to swap to archery from swimming. Then a number of naysayers puzzled why her dad and mom pushed her into sports activities and not using a ‘backup plan’.
“But my parents never let such things affect me; they took everything in their stride and trusted me. Because we know performance does the talking,” she provides. Commenting on the rising variety of girls bringing glory to the nation by way of sports activities, Jyothi reiterates the necessity for fogeys to help their daughters.
In the meantime, the archer’s father, Surendra Kumar, hopes that this efficiency would earn her a Khel Ratna or Padma Shri Award.
Record of awards/medals Jyothi Surekha Vennam has gained:
6 World Championships medals (4 silver and two bronze)
2 Asian Video games medals (silver and bronze)
7 World Cup medals (3 silver and 4 bronze)
8 Asian Championship medals (3 gold, 3 silver and a couple of bronze)
7 Asia Cup medals (4 gold and three silver),
2 South Asian Video games medals (one gold and silver)
2 Junior World Championship medals (bronze)