Jakarta: India’s challenge in archery individual recurve events at the Asian Games ended without much ado as their last hope, Atanu Das, went down to Indonesia’s Agata Selsebilla 3-7 in the quarter finals here on Thrusday evening.
Earlier, fancied Deepika Kumari failed to break the jinx with multi sports events and was eliminated by Chinese Taipei’s Chien-Ying Lei 3-7. Before that Promila Daimary was shown the exit door as she lost 2-6 to Mongolia’s Urantungalag Bishindee in the second round.
Also in the morning session, the second man in the fray, Viswash got the better of Bataa Purevsuren of Mongolia 6-2 in the first match but crashed out after losing pre-quarterfinal 1-7 to Kazakhstan’s Ilfat Abdullin.
Atanu Das was the only Indian making it to the men’s individual quarter-finals. He defeated both Yong Won Pak from Korea and Denis Gankin of Kazakhstan with an identical 7-3 margin.
Atanu shot 27 (9,9,9) in the first set, while his rival too tallied 27. In the next two sets he scored 27(8, 9, 10) and 28 (9, 10, 9) to match his rivalss scores.
At the end of three sets both were level at 3-3, but in the fourth set the Indonesian piped him 28-27 to go 5-3 up as a set win fetches two points. In the decider Atanu scored only eight in his third visit, having earlier scored perfect 10s in two visits to end with 28 points. Agata, however, scored 29 to win the set and match 7-3.
Deepika, who was given a bye in the first round beat North Korea’s Hyang Ji Ri 6-2, but that was all she could do.
The Indian started with flourish against Ying Lei winning the first set 2-0. However, both the archers had equal score in the second and they earned a point each and the Indian led 3-1.