Atanu goes out fighting

The Indian aspirations in archery came to an end, albeit on a bright note, with Atanu Das putting up a valiant fight against former World champion Lee Seung-yun of South Korea before being beaten 6-4 in the men’s pre-quarterfinals at the Sambodromo on Friday.

Atanu, who arrived in Rio on the Olympic quota won by Mangal Singh Champia, fought all the way. It all boiled down to one arrow, and the difference was one point.

From 3-3, Seung-yun clinched two crucial points by winning the fourth set 28-27, a 10 on the third shot helping Lee tilt things in his favour.

Atanu tied the fifth set 28-28 with Seung-yun but the latter took the one point to move ahead.

The eventual tally was 141-140 for the Korean. It was that close.

A member of the gold-winning Korean team this time, Seung-yun started brilliantly with a perfect round to win the first set 30-28.

The 24-year-old Atanu, the only Indian in the men’s archery event, responded with a perfect score himself to win the second set 30-28, where the Korean shot an eight.

The third set finished 27-27 after both shot 10, 9 and 8.