India men’s archery team of Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav, and Tarundeep Rai has made its way into the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian team took on Kazakhstan’s Abdullin Ilfat, Gankin Denis, and Musssayev Sanzhar and emerged victorious by winning three of four sets on offer.
Unlike their individual performances, the Indian men looked much better in the game. The Kazakhs too were close on the heel bouncing back in the third set having lost the first two but it was too little too late. The final set was a closely fought affair with the Indian team clinching the two points by the barest of margins, only a point.
Korean challenge awaits India men’s archery team
South Korea’s Kim Woo-jin, Kim Je Deok and Oh Jin-Hyek await the Indian team in the quarterfinals. The sixth-ranked team features some very strong individual performers and will be a huge hurdle to cross for Atanu and Co. The Indians will have to be at their best if they want to make it to the against a side that features mixed team gold medalist Je Deok.
Atanu Das took the lead, shooting the first and last arrows of each set as he led from the front. The Indian team will have to banish the ghosts of their individual performances and put their best foot forward if they are to pull off this upset. While all hopes are not lost, it is a Herculean task to overcome the Koreans.