In what began as a bad day for India, archer Atanu Das failed to advance in the men’s individual event at the Rio 2016 Olympics after failing to go past world number five Korean archer Seengy-un Lee. With Das’ result, Indian archers failed to return with a medal from the Games.
In Rio's rainy conditions, the match went neck-and-neck till the fifth and final set. Das and Lee were tied 3-3 after three sets. The fourth set, which the Korean world No. 8 won 28-27, proved to be decisive. The two-point cushion helped the Korea scrape through after the fifth set finished in a tie 28-28.
In his first Olympic Games, Atanu Das held his nerves on the big points. The 24-year-old from Kolkata displayed good form, shooting three 10s in the second set which he won 30-28. Das had finished fifth in the ranking rounds with a career-best score of 683. He defeated Nepal's Jitbahadur Muktan 6-0 and Cuba's Andres Perez 6-4 to make the pre-quarters.
Although Seung-Yun had finished 12 in the ranking rounds with a score of 676. The Korean's career-best is a 693. He has already won the team gold in Rio Olympics 2016. But on Friday, he proved his class starting with three 10s and held his nerves in the fifth and final set to enter the quarterfinals.