Tokyo Olympics: Indian archer Atanu Das has made it to the third round. He defeated Olympic gold medalist Oh Jinhyek in the shoot-off. India has so far got only one silver medal in Tokyo.
Tokyo. India's star archer Atanu Das defeated two-time Olympic champion Oh Jinhyek of South Korea in a very exciting second-round match in the shoot-off. With this, he has made it to the third round of the men's event of the Tokyo Olympics. Atanu Das came back strongly after falling behind and registered a 6-5 win. In the shoot-off, London Olympic Games individual gold medalist O Jinhyek scored nine points, followed by world number 9 Das on 10 to ensure his entry into the next round. O Jinhyek was also part of the Korean team that won the team gold medal at the ongoing Games.
Atanu had some trouble adjusting to the wind at the Yumenoshima final field, but he managed to register a win with patience at crucial times. Atanu Das's performance lacked consistency. He gave the opponent a chance to make a comeback during a 6–4 win over lower-ranked Chinese Taipei's Yu-Cheng Deng in the first round but made a stellar performance against O Jinhyek.
Now the silver medalist will compete
In the next round, Atanu Das will face Japan's Takaharu Furukawa, who is the individual silver medalist of the London Olympics. Furukawa was also part of the bronze medal-winning Japan team here. Jin Hyek collected 26 points from eight and two nines in the first set. Das got off to a poor start with eight points in the first two attempts and managed to score only 25 points in the last attempt despite nine points, helping the Koreans win the first set. The second and third sets were tied with the same score of 27–27, giving O Jinhyek a 4–2 lead before the fourth set.
The fifth set tied
When Atanu Das was leading 17-16 in the fourth set of Do or Die, O Jinhyek panicked and managed to score only six points on the last arrow. Das won the set by a huge margin of 27-22, targeting 10. In the fifth and deciding set, both the archers started with 10 and 9 points. O Jinhyek scored nine points in the last attempt. Das needed 10 points to win on the last attempt, but could only collect nine points, leveling the set 28-28 and the match was drawn into a shoot-out.