Olympics archery: Rahul, Jayanta, Swuro bow out (Third Lead)July 31st, 2012 - 11:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 31 (IANS) Rahul Banerjee secured a rare win for India before being eliminated in the second round to join compatriots Jayanta Talukdar and Chekrovolu Swuro out of the competition at the Olympics archery individual event here Tuesday.
Banerjee’s 6-0 win over Mongolian Jantsan Gantugs was the only positive for the struggling Indian team, which has been off target ever since the tournament began at Lord’s.
But the Kolkata boy’s joy was shortlived as he went down to Rafal Dobrowolski of Poland 3-7 in the second knock-out round tie later in the day.
Rahul could have made the score tied at 5-5, but for two poor eights with his last two shots that sealed his fate.
Earlier, Talukdar and Swuro lost to their respective American opponents in contrasting fashion to exit the competition.
Talukdar got a 0-6 hammering from America’s Jacob Wukie in the opening men’s individual elimination round while Swuro was sent packing after being pipped in the shoot-off by Jennifer Nichols.
Jayanta was outplayed by Wukie, who won the silver for the US in the team event.
The American shot six 10 pointers in the maximum nine arrows while Jayanta was able to hit the bulls-eye just once.
The writing was on the wall in the first set in which Jayanta shot a five before losing it 22-27.
In the women’s Eliminator, the score was 5-5 going into the shoot-off, where a single arrow on either side decides the tie. Both Nichols and Swuro shot a nine but the American had the last laugh as her arrow was found closer to the centre of the target.
Swuro’s shooting had been erratic in the team event and the same was the case Tuesday morning at Lord’s. She scored four tens to her opponent’s two but could not deliver in crucial moments.
The Nagaland archer needed a 10 to win the fifth and final set. But the occasion got the better of her as she waited and trembled before managing a six.
Indian men’s team went out of medal reckoning event after losing their opening eliminator to Japan. The highly-rated women were humbled by Denmark in their first knock-out match.
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