Unheralded Atanu Das enters men's archery pre-quarters

Das first blanked Jit Bahadur Muktan of Nepal 6-0 in the round of 64 encounter and then kept his composure to prevail over Cuban Adrian Andres Puentes Perez 6-4 in a thrilling second-round clash.

Atanu Das has set up a pre-quarterfinal clash with former world champion Lee Seeungyun in the men's individual archery competition.   -  PTI

Atanu Das, who had finished fifth in the ranking round, set up a pre-quarterfinal against former world champion and a member of the current gold winning Korean team, Lee Seungyun, in the men’s individual archery competition at the Sambodromo on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Atanu beat Adrian Puentes Perez of Cuba 6-4 in the second round after outclassing Jitbahadur Muktan of Nepal 6-0 earlier in the day.

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In a thriller of a second round, in which he led 4-0 before losing the next two sets 26-27, 27-28, Atanu struck back decisively in the fifth set 29-28 against the Cuban. He had won the first two sets 28-26, 29-26.

In the first round, Atanu dropped only two points from his nine arrows as the Nepalese hovered all over 7, 8, 9 and 10, shooting at least two of each.

In women’s rapidfire pistol shooting, >Heena Sidhu shot 576 following rounds of 286 in precision and 290 in the rapidfire section, to be placed 20th among 40 shooters. She missed the final by six points.

Interestingly, defending champion Kim Jangmi of Korea also missed a place in the finals despite shooting 582, as she was pipped 21x to 20x by two others for the last two spots.

In the men’s single sculls rowing, >Dattu Baban Bhokanal clocked 6 minutes 59.89 seconds, 15.45 seconds behind the leader in his race, as he placed fourth and missed qualifying for the semifinals. He will continue competing to get a placing.