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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Archer Tarundeep Rai Bows Out After Losing to Itay Shanny in 2nd Round

Shanny who is 15 years younger than Rai won the match by winning the shoot-off with a perfect score.

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Tarundeep Rai loses to Itay Shanny of Israel in second round of archery (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Indian archer Tarundeep Rai bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics after losing to Itay Shanny of Israel in a tight contest in the second round on Wednesday. The veteran who was representing India for the final time lost 10-9 to his opponent. 

Shanny who is 15 years younger than Rai won the match by winning the shoot-off with a perfect score.

The world number 92 Israeli had defeated Muto Hiroki in the first round. Hiroki was part of the Japanese archery team that won the bronze medal in the team’s competition.

There were windy conditions at the Yumenoshima Park but Shanny raised his game for the occasion as he shot three perfect 10 in his last four arrows to know ock out Rai.

Rai had a thrilling start t the Olympics as he staged a comeback win against Oleksii Hunbin of Ukraine.

The 37-year-old’s experience was visible against Shanny as well as he came back from 0-2 down to lead 5-3.

Needing a tie in the fifth set to move into last-16, Rai faltered to match Shanny who won the set by two points, drilling in two 10s and a nine, as against Rai’s sequence of 9-8-9.

A perfect 10 kept on eluding Rai as the world number 54 Indian started the proceedings in the shoot-off with a 9, while Shanny sealed the issue with a 10.

Rai was severely let down by wind gusts as he shot a poor seven to lose the first set by four points before levelling the match 2-2 by winning the second set by a slender margin of one point.

A series of six 9s by Shanny meant that Rai snatched a 5-3 lead but failed to tie the fifth set.

Earlier in the day, Rai trailed 2-4 against the Ukrainian world no 66 Hunbin but won the final two sets with three perfect 10s to move into the second round

 

With inputs from PTI