Rio de Janeiro: Archer Atanu Das crashed out of the men’s Individual 1/8 Eliminations, ending India’s campaign in the sport at the Rio Olympics here on Friday.
 
Atanu fought valiantly, but ultimately went down 4-6 (28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28, 28-28) against South Korea’s Seungyun Lee.
 
It was a neck-and-neck contest at the Sambodromo that began brightly for Atanu, who scored a perfect 10 in the first set.
 
But he was overpowered by Lee who hit three consecutive perfect 10s in the first set to take a two-point lead.
 
Atanu responded strongly with three straight 10s of his own to take the second set 30-28 and square the contest at 2-2.
 
The archers maintained strong levels of concentration, scoring 27 each in the third set.
 
But the 24-year Bengal archer flinched just once, in the fourth set, to go down 27-28.
 
That single point proved to be fatal as both archers hit one 10-pointer in the fifth and final set to square it 28-28, allowing Lee to claim the match by the narrowest of margins.