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Tokyo Olympics: Atanu Das stuns Jinhyek in thriller, cruises into next round

Published: 29th Jul 2021 9:18 am

Tokyo: Indian archer Atanu Das shocked South Korea’s Jinhyek Oh in a nail-biting finish to make it to the 1/8 Elimination round in the men’s individual archery event here at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Thursday.

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The third-seed Korean started the match with a decent 8-9-9 and Das replied with 8-8-9, giving Jinhyek two points in the first set. Das came strongly in the second set with three 9s, Oh missed the chance to take the two points after hitting an 8 in the last arrow.

The third set also had the same output with both archers sharing the points. Jinhyek 8-10-9 and Indian aimed 9-9-9. With his back against the wall, Atanu responded brilliantly and took the fourth set 8-9-10 and the Korean replied with 9-7-6 to force a decider.

The fifth set tested the nerves of both archers as they both again shared the points and progressed into shoot-off. Aiming first in the shoot-off, Jinhyek shot a 9 to which Atanu replied with a brilliant 10 and sealed the match. With this win, he has cruised into the 1/8 eliminations round.

Earlier in the day, Atanu defeated Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Cheng Dang in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics 6-4 in the 1/64 Elimination round.

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