Tokyo Olympics: India set up quarter-final with Korea in men’s archery after 6-2 win over Kazakhstan
Tokyo Olympics: India’s Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai clinched a comfortable 6-2 win over Kazakhstan in the men’s archery team event Round of 16 on Monday. They will face the much-fancied Koreans in the quarter-final at 10:15 am IST.
- India defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 in the men’s team archery Round of 16
- They face highlly-rated Korea in the quarter-final on Monday
- Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai were on the mark on Monday
India men’s archery team stormed into the quarter-finals at Tokyo Olympics after a comfortable 6-2 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday. They will face the mighty Koreans who have dominated so far at the Yumenoshima Final Field later in the day.
The trio of Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai headed to the Round of 16 match after disappointing outings in Ranking Round. In fact, Pravin paired with Deepika Kumar in the Mixed Team event wherein India were eliminated in the quarter-final.
However, the experienced Indian men’s team put behind the setbacks and came up with a dominant performance against Kazakhstan’s Abdullin Itfat, Denis Gankin and Sanzhar Mussayev.
India did not have the best of starts as they shot 9, 9, 8 in the first round of the first set but they got back on track with Atanu and Pravin hitting 10s as they took the first set 56-55. There was a 7 from Tarundeep in the 2nd set but India manged to take the 2nd set 52-51, thanks to some inconsistency from the Kazakhstan archers.
However, the third set was a step up as the Kazakhstan team got 3 10s to win 57-56.
Just when it looked like there was going to be pressure on India, Atanu led the team from the front as they sealed the final set 55-54 and the match 6-2.
Due to their ordinary performance in the Ranking Round, India face the much-fancied Korean team in the quarter-finals at 10:15 am IST on Monday. The Koreans, who will be represented by Kim Je Deok, Kim Woojin and Oh Jinhyek, are a tough nut to crack.
Only on Sunday, the Korean women’s team won their 9th successive gold medal at the Games.