India’s Abhishek Verma was knocked out of the Archery World Cup after losing 142-146 to USA’s Braden Gellenthien in the compound men’s quarterfinal in Yankton on Wednesday.
Sixth-seeded Verma, who recently won silver medal at the World Archery Championships with Jyothi Surekha Vennam in the compound mixed team event, struggled to find form from the beginning.
Verma finished End One with an 8 and never recovered from that. Going into the final End, Gellenthien lead by 116-114. The third-seeded American, who eventually won silver, then demolished all hopes of a comeback from the Indian by scoring a perfect 30 to reach the semifinal.
Olympians Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari will be in action on Thursday in the recurve men’s and women’s quarterfinals respectively.
While fifth-seeded Das will face fourth-seeded Maximilian Weckmueller of Germany, top-seeded Deepika will be up against eight-seeded Svetlana Gomboeva of Russia.