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Rio 2016: Archer Atanu Das wins cliffhanger to enter pre-quarterfinals

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 August 2016, 6:01 IST

India's lone male archer Atanu Das was a silver lining in an otherwise disappointing outing for the Indians. Atanu Das won both his matches on Tuesday, 9 August to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Individual Recurve event at the Rio Olymics.

In the Round of 64, Das blanked Nepalese opponent Jitbahadur Muktan 6-0. It was a much tougher matchup for Das in the Round of 32 and he kept his nerve all the way through. Up against Cuban Adrian Andres Puentes Perez, Das prevailed 6-4 in a thrilling clash. On Friday, 12 August, Das will take on South Korean archer ad a former world no. 5 in Lee Seung-Yun. Lee was part of the South Korean trio that won gold in the team recurve event at the Rio Olympics.

Leading 19-18 in the fifth and final set, Das knew that a perfect 10 would finish off his opponent and ensured his place in the last 16. Das did not disappoint as he hit 'bulls eye'. He went on to win the set 29-28. The five sets score read 8-26 29-26 26-27 27-28 29-28 in favour of the Kolkatan.

The score against Jitbahadur Muktan read 29-26 29-24 30-26.

First published: 10 August 2016, 6:01 IST
 
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