Olympics: End of road for Indian men (Archery Roundup)
India’s hope of a medal in the Men’s Archery event ended with Tarundeep Rai, after he bowed out from the competition in the round of 32 at the Lord’s cricket stadium.
Banerjee and Rai had raised hopes with their win the first round. Banerjee blanked out Mongolian Jantsan Gantugs 6-0 and Rai defeated Cuban Juan Carlos Stevens in an one arrow shoot-off after they were tied at 5-5.
But Banerjee’s joy was shortlived as he went down to Rafal Dobrowolski of Poland 3-7 in the second knock-out round tie later in the day. Banerjee could have made the score tied at 5-5, but for two poor eights with his last two shots that sealed his fate.
Earlier, Talukdar and Swuro lost to their respective American opponents in contrasting fashion to exit the competition.
Talukdar got a 0-6 hammering from America’s Jacob Wukie in the opening men’s individual elimination round while Swuro was sent packing after being pipped in the shoot-off by Jennifer Nichols.
Jayanta was outplayed by Wukie, who won the silver for the US in the team event.
The American shot six 10 pointers in the maximum nine arrows while Jayanta was able to hit the bulls-eye just once.
The writing was on the wall in the first set in which Jayanta shot a five before losing it 22-27.
In the women’s Eliminator, the score was 5-5 going into the shoot-off, where a single arrow on either side decides the tie. Both Nichols and Swuro shot a nine but the American had the last laugh as her arrow was found closer to the centre of the target.
Swuro’s shooting had been erratic in the team event and the same was the case Tuesday morning at Lord’s. She scored four tens to her opponent’s two but could not deliver in crucial moments.
The Nagaland archer needed a 10 to win the fifth and final set. But the occasion got the better of her as she waited and trembled before managing a six.
Indian men’s team went out of medal reckoning event after losing their opening eliminator to Japan. The highly-rated women were humbled by Denmark in their first knock-out match.
So, all hopes rested on Tarundeep and confidence was high in the Indian camp after he made a thrilling comeback against Cuban Juan Carlos Steven.
But his next opponent had other ideas as South Korean archer, Kim Bubmin, seeded second in qualifiers, hit seven 10s in this four set contest. He won three sets which included a perfect score of 30 in the second set.
Tarundeep looked like he could pull off another thrilling comeback when he won the third set after trailing 4-0.
Kim proved to be a tough match for the Indian archer and India’s last hope for a medal rests on Deepika Kumari.
^G.LPublished 31 Jul 2012, 22:09 IST