Tokyo Olympics: Archer Atanu Das entered the pre-quarterfinal of the men’s event after securing back to back closely fought victories.
In the round of 64, 35th seed Atanu defeated 30th seed Deng Yu-cheng of Taiwan 6-4 (27-26, 27-28, 28-26 27-28, 28-26) to move to round 2.
Atanu was up against 3rd seed Oh Jin-hyek of South Korea, whom he defeated in a shoot-off. Atanu lost the 1st set 25-26. The next two sets were tied at 27-27. Atanu bounced back to win the next set 27-22 and the final set was again tied at 28-28. In the shoot-off, the Korean archer hit a 9 while Atanu responded with a 10 to earn himself a place in the final 16. Oh is one of the most decorated archers in the competition.
The Korean bagged gold in individual events and a bronze in the team event at the London Olympics. He had also secured a gold in the team event at the ongoing Tokyo Games. He has also won 4 golds in team events and 2 silvers in individual events at the World Championships.
Atanu Das will next face London Olympics silver medalist, Takaharu Furukawa of Japan, on Saturday.