The Indian men’s archery team of Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai comfortably defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal clash against heavyweights Korea at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
The Indians were strong, especially Atanu, who drilled in five perfect 10s during India’s easy win in the 1/8 elimination round at the Yumenoshima Park.
In the first set, the Kazakhstan trio of Ilfat Abdullin, Denis Gankin and Sanzhar Mussayev shot 10, 9, 9, 8, 8 and 10 for a total of 54. The Indians shot 9, 9, 8 and 9 from their first four shots. Their total of 35 meant they had no margin for error in the final two shots, and they managed just that, shooting two 10s to take the first set 55-54.
Kazakhstan had a poor second set, shooting three 8s and three 9s for a total of 51. However, India too put themselves in a tricky position by shooting a 7 and an 8. Three 9s and a 10, however, allowed them to get past their opponents by a single point once again.
The third set was the highest scoring one of the match. Kazakhstan managed three 10s and three 9s for a total of 57. India almost managed the exact same tally, but an 8 on the fourth arrow cost them the set by one point.
In the fourth set, Kazakhstan managed three 9s, two 10s and a 7, which proved costly as the Indians shot three 10s, two 8s and a 9 to win the set 55-54 and seal victory.
Earlier on Saturday, India’s mixed team entry of Deepika Kumari and Jadhav were knocked out of the competition by South Korea.