World No.22, Atanu Das gave a brilliant start to the Indian challenge as he finished fifth in the men’s ranking round in archery at the picturesque Sambodroma Stadium on Friday.
Recovering from a halfway score of 337, the 24-year-old Atanu shot 346 in the second phase for a total of 683.
Korean Kim Woojin topped the table with an intimidating world record score of 700, as he improved from 348 to 352 in the second phase.
Brady Ellison (690), of the US, David Pasqualucci (685) of Italy and Sjef van den Berg (684) of the Netherlands were the others ahead of the Bengal lad.
The ranking may not mean much except a relatively poor performer for the first round of the knock-out competition.
Nonetheless, it was important for Indian sport to start on a strong note, and Atanu Das, the lone Indian archer in the men’s event — who made the cut through the domestic trials after Mangal Champia had won the Olympic quota — accomplished that in a strong field of 64.
Mixed outing for women archers
Leading the Indian women archers, Deepika Kumari finished at 18th and set up a first round draw against Kristine Esebua of Georgia, who finished 45th. Laishram Bombayla Devi finished 23rd and Laxmirani Majhi finished 43rd. Bombayla will face Laurence Baldauff of Austria, who finished 41st.
Laxmirani Majhi will face Alexandra Longova of Slovakia. Alexandra finished 22nd.
Overall, India finished 7th in the team event and will battle it out against Colombia's Carolina Aguirre, Natalia Sanchez and Ana Maria Rendon. Colombia finished 10th in the team event.
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