Internet Desk: India’s Olympic campaign got off to a good start with archer Atanu Das finishing fifth in the final ranking standings of the men’s individual event on Friday scoring 683 points. South Korea’s Kim Woojin shattered the existing Olympic and world record with a score of 700.
A commendable round saw Atanu breaking into the top 10 with a score of 59 in the ninth set to take his total to 508. Though he shot a 58 in the following round, with two bulls-eyes, two 10s and two 9s, he dropped a place to 11th spot, with a tally of 566.
Putting up a strong performance in the penultimate round, Atanu moved to the seventh position with 625 points.
Earlier, getting off to a good start, the 24-year-old Indian archer found himself in third position with a total score of 58 after the first series of shots. Mongolia’s Gantugs Jansen led the standings early on before Woojin moved into the lead with a perfect fifth round score of 60 to race to a 292 total.
Atanu Das was placed in the 15th spot with 337 points, while Kim was at 348 points after 36 arrows. He will next compete with Nepal’s Jitbahadur Muktan in the Round of 64 on August 8.
Meanwhile, Indian women archers Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi had a mixed outing in the ranking rounds of the individual and team events on Friday. After a brilliant start in the initial rounds, things went downhill for the trio in the individual event.
Kumari finished 20th with a score of 640, Laishram 24th with 638 and Majhi a lowly 43rd with 614. However, the Indian women’s team, comprising the three, managed to finish seventh.