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India's sole male archer Atanu Das crashes out of Rio Olympics

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

India's sole male archer Atanu Das failed to advance in the men's individual event at the Rio Olympics after going down 4-6 against Korean archer Lee Seung-Yun in a high-quality content on 12 August.

The 24-year-old Indian archer began well but the world no. 8 Korean came out all guns blazing to take the first set with a perfect thirty. However, a rare mistake from Lee - where he shot at eight - allowed Das to bounce back as he tied the game at 2-2 after winning the second set 30-28.

Both the archers continued to challenge each other with the third set ending in tie at 27 points each. A crucial chance went begging for India in the third set as Das failed to hit a nine on the last arrow after Lee's shot of eight.

The fourth set turned the tide against the Kolkata-born archer with his Korean counterpart coming out on top to shoot a perfect 10 on the third arrow. Lee won the fourth set 28-27 with a decisive two-point cushion in the game.

Das needed to win the fifth and final set, but he could only muster a tie 28-28 and crashed out of the competition. Following Das' result, the campaign of the Indian archers at the Games came to a sad end as they fail to return with a medal from Rio.

For someone who was competing in his first-ever Olympics, Das showcased a lot of maturity while holding his nerves in pressure situations. He had finished fifth in the ranking rounds with a career-best score of 683. He defeated Nepal's Jitbahadur Muktan 6-0 and Cuba's Andres Perez 6-4 to make the pre-quarters.

First published: 12 August 2016, 7:19 IST