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Rio Olympics 2016: Atanu Das bows out after losing a pulsating match to World No. 8 Lee Seungyun

Atanu Das
Atanu gave a brilliant performance
Sankalp Srivastava

Atanu Das was up against World no.8 Lee Seungyun of South Korea in the pre-quarter-finals of the men’s individual event at the Rio Olympics 2016. The Indian archer gave a brilliant performance, hitting six 10s and eight 9s, however, it was not enough as the Korean managed to win the match 6-4.

The first set was won by the Korean and Atanu came back to win the second. The third set ended in a tie, Korean won the fourth by a single point and the last set ended in a tie as well, which meant the World No. 8 Lee Seungyun won the match.

The rain, like yesterday, was pouring down at the Sambodromo and shooting was not at easy at all. Lee started the proceedings with a perfect 10 and Atanu replied with a 9 for herself. The South Korean came back with another 10 but Atanu refused to back down and shot a 10 herself. However, the world no.8 shot another 10 to seal the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The second set was started by Atanu, who hit the bullseye and under pressure, the Korean archer replied with a 10 for himself. Atanu shot another excellent shot, scoring a 10 and Lee equalised with another 10. The Indian archer shot the fifth straight 10 of the match and Lee was only able to shoot an 8 in his last shot which meant Atanu tied the match at 2-2.

The match was being played at the highest of levels and Lee maintained it with yet another 10, however, Atanu managed a 9. It was the Korean’s turn to shoot a 9 now and Atanu did exactly what Lee managed in his first shot, a 10. Though Lee shot an 8 on his next shot, giving Atanu the advantage, the Indian only managed an 8 and missed the opportunity to win the set. This set ended in a tie and both the archers were awarded 1 point each.

Lee started the third set with a 9 and Atanu replied with a 9 for himself. Not one to back down, the Korean shot another 9 and Atanu shot another 9 to equal the scores. Lee bettered his record in the set with a 10, leaving Atanu needing a 10 to tie the set, however, he was only able to manage a 9 and the fourth set went to the Korean.

The Indian archer needed to win this set in order to take the match to a shootout and he started with a 9. The Korean then came back with a 9 for himself to equal the scores. The Indian then struck a 10 and then Lee equalled the score with a 10. Atanu was only able to manage a 9 and the Korean scored a 9 to tie this set as well and take the match 6-4.

With this loss, Indian challenge in the sport of Archery is over. Lee will now face Sjef Van Den Berg of Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the event.


Edited by Staff Editor

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