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Tokyo: Atanu Das has come up with a brilliant performance, scoring well under pressure to stun South Koreas 2012 gold medallist Oh Jinhyek ...


Tokyo:
Atanu Das has come up with a brilliant performance, scoring well under pressure to stun South Koreas 2012 gold medallist Oh Jinhyek to reach the pre-quarterfinal stage in men's individual archery at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.

The Indian ace archer shot a 10 in the single arrow shoot-out after Jinhyek could manage only nine in an attempt to seal a memorable victory in a second-round match.

Pravin Jadhav had replaced Das to partner Deepika Kumari in the mixed team as he had not done well in the ranking round on July 23, finishing second behind Jadhav.

But the 29-year-old from Baranagar in West Bengal came up with a brilliant performance on Thursday as he shot superbly to tie the Korean 5-5 on set points after five rounds at the Yumenoshima Final Field.

Das had earlier reached the second round after beating Deng Yu-Cheng of Chinese Taipei 6-4 in five sets.

Das came back strongly in the second set after Jinhyek had won the first 26-25. Both archers had started tentatively but the Korean shot 8, 9, and 9 in three arrows while Das could manage only 8, 8, and 9.

However, Das did well in the second set to draw level at 27-27, hitting a nine after the Korean had managed an eight that undid the 10 he shot on the second attempt. Both archers had a nine on their first arrow in the second set.

Trailing 3-1, Das shot three 9s in the third set, missing a chance of winning the set as he had a chance of winning it by scoring a 10 on his third arrow but could manage only nine as the two again tied at 27-27.

The Korean archer imploded in the fourth set as he shot a seven and followed it by a stunning six. Das shot eight, nine, and 10 to win the set 27-22, the archers tied 4-4 with the final round to go.

In the final set, the Indian archer had a chance to win the match with a 10 on the final arrow but could manage only a nine, the arrow just touching the border of the line.

Jinhyek shot 10,9 and 9 in this set and Das matched him shot for shot as they tied at 28-28. With both getting a point each from this set, the score was tied 5-5, taking the match into a one-arrow shootout.

In the shootout, Jinhyek managed only a nine and Das clinched a victory by hitting 10 on his final arrow to seal the victory.

In the next round, Das will meet Japan's Takaharu Furukawa. A win will bring him closer to the medal round.

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