New Delhi: Indian archer Atanu Das on Thursday produced a stunning display to defeat two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin-Hyek of South Korea to enter the pre-quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field.
It was the biggest win in the career of the 29-year-old who had lost his place in the India team event to rookie Pravin Jadhav.
Oh started brightly as he scored 8-9-9 in the first set while Das could only manage an 8-8-9.
However, the Indian archer bounced back strongly with a 9-9-9 to win the two points as his opponent could only score 8 with his final arrow.
The third set had the same results as the two archers were neck and neck as the Korean scored 8-10-9 while the Indian replied with 9-7-6.
Atanu who was feeling the heat responded brilliantly to win the fourth set but the Korean came back strongly to force a shoot-off between the two.
In the shoot-off, the Korean scored a 9 but Das went one better scoring 10 and sealing the match.
Earlier in the day, the Indian defeated s Deng Yu-Cheng in a five-setter to move into round two of the men’s individual archery.
Both the players won two sets each following some intense shooting to be locked 4-4 and in the decider too where they were going neck-and-neck till 19-all.
But the archer from Chinese Taipei crumbled under pressure, misfiring a 7 as Das, who had slipped behind rookie Pravin Jadhav in the ranking round on Friday, held his nerve to seal a 6-4 win after drilling in a 9 in the yellow ring.
With inputs from ANI