India's archery campaign in the Olympics ended medal-less with last of their hopes Atanu Das failing in the 1/8 individual elimination round at Sambodromo here today.
The lone Indian men archer was pitted against South Korea’s Lee Seugyun and though he put up a spirited display but that was not enough to make the next stage.
The Indian went down 4-6 and Indian hopes were extinguished.
A few hardened optimistic Indians were present at the venue in chilly conditions and tried to pep up Atanu Das, hoping against hopes. However, if the handful of supporters still believed in a miracle, that did not happened.
Atanu’s rival was world No. 8 Lee but then one is expected to take on the world’s best in the Olympics.
The weather was chilly and the atmosphere around the venue gloomy but these things did not impact the Korean who won the first set 30-28. Atanu fought back spiritedly, firing three 10-pointers in the second to win the set 30-28 to level scores 2-2 before a tied 27-27 third set had them splitting points.
Though the Indian was consistent in his performance shooting 10s and 9s in each of the sequences, his effort fell bit short and that made all the difference.
The Korean fired 9, 10 and 9 for an aggregate of 28 points in the fourth and Atanu came up with three shots of nine, falling behind 3-5.
An identical score of 28-28 in the fifth set was enough for the 21-year-old Korean to make the quarters.
Though the chilly wind and breeze made it tough for Atanu, but it was a level playing field as the conditions were the same for all the archers.
"I did well, put up a good fight in four sets, but the breeze and wind affected my performance, " Atanu said, but hastened to add that he was not making any excuses.