Tokyo Olympics: Indian men's archer Atanu, Jadhav and Rai disappoint in Ranking Round
The Tokyo Olympics on Friday saw Indian archers being in action. While among women, Deepak Kumari produced an average performance, the men failed to impress in the Ranking Round.
The Tokyo Olympics saw the Indian archers being in action on Friday. The men were involved in individual, team and mixed team events but failed to produce an adequate performance.
Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai were in action but finished outside top-30 in the Ranking Round. Jadhav was ranked the highest among the Indians, at 31, following by Atanu at 35th and Rain at 37th. Meanwhile, the youngest archer Kim Je Deok of Korea (17 years old), was the top-ranked with 688 points.
As for the mixed team, India fared well and was placed ninth. Although it was tied with Chinese Taipei on the score, it missed out on the eighth spot due to lesser 10s.
Atanu started off well, ranked fifth initially. However, he kept slipping, from 11th to 14th, while he fell to 29th by the fourth round of the opening half. In the second round, he struggled between 26th and 31st. He scored just five in his final shot of the day, while he failed to fire a single 10, thus ending 31st.
As for Jadhav, he consistently struggled between 30th to 40th. Although he momentarily went ahead of Atanu, he could not keep up with it. In the meantime, Rai could not get past 31 throughout.
As per the seedings, Rai would take on Ukraine's Oleksii Hunbin, while Atanu takes on Chinese Taipei's Deng Yu-cheng and Jadhav will be up against Russia's Galsan Bazarzhapov in the opening knockout round. Meanwhile, in the team and mixed events, India would face Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei before going head-on against South Korea, which has been dominant, finishing on top.
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