Indian archer Aditi becomes youngest-ever world champion

Wednesday 09th August 2023 06:23 EDT

Aditi Swami (17) became the youngest-ever world champion and won India's first-ever individual title at the senior level by defeating Mexico's Andrea Bercerra 149-147 in the individual women's compound event final in Berlin, a day after the country's women's compound team won the nation's first gold medal at the World Archery Championships.
Aditi perhaps is going through the best phase of her career. She became both the cadet and senior world champion at the same time only a month ago when she won the Under-18 global titles in both the individual and team divisions at the Youth Championships in Limerick.
Ojas Deotale, the first male archer from India to ever win gold, became the nation's second world champion a few hours later. Ojas defeated Lukasz Przybylski of Poland, who had scored 149 in the men's compound solo event, in the final with a flawless 150-point performance. India thus ended with three gold and one bronze medal in the championship.
Mexican Becerra, who faced Swami in the team final, could do little against a near-perfect Aditi, who ended up missing the perfect score of 150 by just one point. It was always a catch-up game for Becerra who lost 147-149.
“All my efforts so far have borne fruit. I am very proud of my performance. It is really great that at 17, I could become the world champion. I wanted to hear the 52 seconds of the national anthem to be played at the World Championships. I was just focusing on my rhythm, on my shot, and therefore I could perform.” an elated Aditi said after the win.
The girl from Satara district of Maharashtra had beaten her more experienced teammate Jyothi Vennam 149-145 in the semifinal. Aditi’s year is not over yet and she is hungry for more. “This is only the beginning. I want to win the Asiad gold next,” she said.

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