Tokyo Olympics: Archer Atanu Das stunned London Games, gold medallist, Oh Jin Hyek of South Korea to progress to the 1/8 Elimination round in the men’s individual event.
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Archery: The round of 64 and round of 32 matches continue today and there’s been a big shock in the men’s individual with OH Jinhyek (KOR) being eliminated 6–5 by India’s Atanu Das. at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Friday
.@ArcherAtanu of #IND wins 6-5 in a sensational shoot-off against #KOR's London 2012 Olympic champion Oh Jinhyek in Men's #Archery 1/16 Eliminations 👏#Tokyo2020 | #StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/pu5EjgtC89
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The Indian archer shot a ’10’ to eliminate the 2012 Olympic gold medallist in a shoot-off. Atanu was trailing 2-4 but he made a strong comeback to make it 5-5 and force a shoot-off.
Oh Jin Hyek who shot the first arrow in the shoot-off and it was a respectable 9 but he had given Atanu an opportunity to do something special. And Atanu did it with a perfect 10.
“It was a tense moment. I’ve faced shoot-offs before. I knew he was shooting first, and if he would shoot a nine, I could win it,” he said. “I just tried to maintain my focus. It was a tense moment, a win or lose situation. So I just went for the win.”
The duo began with an 8 with their first arrows. The South Korean archer then followed it up with two 9s, and Atanu could only respond with an 8 and 9, losing the first set 25-26.
The second and third sets were then split between the archers, 27-27 each. The match was levelled in the fourth set, with Atanu winning 27-22.
In the fifth set, both archers shot 10, 9, 9 to be tied at 28-28. In the shoot-off, Jin-Hyek could only muster a 9, and Atanu hit the inner 10, sealing a memorable win for Indian archery in Tokyo.
It is also worth noting that Jin-Hyek had won the Men’s team gold medal earlier at the ongoing Olympics.
Atanu Das had earlier defeated Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Cheng dang in the 1/32 Elimination Round.
“We’re giving out best, so let’s see what happens,” Atanu added when asked about the prospect of becoming the first archery medalist from India.