Archer Atanu bows out Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 12 (IANS) Archer Atanu Das crashed out of the men’s Individual 1/8 Eliminations, ending India’s campaign in the sport at the Rio Olympics here on Friday.

Atanu fought valiantly, but ultimately went down 4-6 (28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28, 28-28) against South Korea’s Seungyun Lee.

It was a neck-and-neck contest at the Sambodromo that began brightly for Atanu, who scored a perfect 10 in the first set.

But he was overpowered by Lee who hit three consecutive perfect 10s in the first set to take a two-point lead.

Atanu responded strongly with three straight 10s of his own to take the second set 30-28 and square the contest at 2-2.

The archers maintained strong levels of concentration, scoring 27 each in the third set.

But the 24-year Bengal archer flinched just once, in the fourth set, to go down 27-28.

That single point proved to be fatal as both archers hit one 10-pointer in the fifth and final set to square it 28-28, allowing Lee to claim the match by the narrowest of margins.

–IANS

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