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Tokyo Olympics: Archer Atanu Das pulls off a brilliant comeback to lead men's team to quarters

The veteran archer from India bounced back in the Men's Team event after a poor initial performance in the ranking round of Tokyo Olympics.

Indian Mens Archery Team at the Tokyo Olympics

Indian Men Archery Team at Tokyo Olympics  (Source: World Archery)


Kalptaru Agarwal

Updated: 26 July 2021 7:38 AM GMT

Overcoming all the negative comments around, World No. 9 Atanu Das pulled off an amazing comeback in the Men's Team Archery Round. The Indian contingent defeated the team from Kazakhstan in the 1/16 elimination round with a score of 6-2.

The experienced archer was criticised for his poor performance in the Men's Individual Ranking Round where he was ranked 35th with a lowly score of 653. Ranked below his compatriot Jadhav who achieved the 31st position, he lost out on a chance to compete in the Mixed Team's event with his wife Deepika Kumari.

Deepika and Atanu were predicted to present a strong performance for India and be a medal contender in the Mixed event but a disappointing performance by Das ended that hope. Deepika paired up with Jadhav and lost the mixed team quarterfinals to Korea by 2-6.

While Atanu bounced back today with a rejuvenated spirit smiling throughout the match. He served as a leader by hitting good arrows of 9s and 10s. The veteran also continuously motivated his teammates with shouts of confidence after each of their shots.

With this positive mindset, he has been able to turn the tables and change the negative environment surrounding him. The powerful Indian team will now be facing the much-stronger South Korean archers in their Quarterfinal match. This is going to be a tough task for the Indian men but with Atanu's constant smile, the pressure on the team and the Indian fans both are subdued.

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