The mantra seemed to be "whatever you do, I can do it better" from experienced South Korean archer Lee Seung-Yun. The only hope for a medal from archery from India in the Rio 2016 Olympics came to an end on Friday as Lee defeated Atanu Das by a 6-4 result at the individual men's archery event in Sambodromo, Rio de Janeiro.
The duel existed over five sets.
Lee started with three consecutive bulls-eyes in the first set and quite comfortably, took the set. Atanu then came with a vengeance and fired three consecutive bulls-eyes in the second set to make the scores level.
The third set turned out to be a 27-27 draw but the fourth one turned out to be a decider for the South Korean archer, who had already won a gold medal in the team event in Olympics 2016. Lee won the set by a 28-27 margin.
Atanu had a faint chance of taking the duel to the distance as he had to somehow win the fifth set. The Indian scored 9, 10, 9 off his first three shots and the South Korean also posted the same score, thus levelling the final score and taking the bragging rights.
With Atanu's exit, India's archery medal hopes from Olympics 2016 came to an end in the pre-quarters. On Thursday, the likes of Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari also crashed out of their individual events in the pre-quarters.
Atanu Das (India) vs Lee Seung-Yun (South Korea)
Set 1 - Scores: Atanu Das - 9, 10, 9
Lee Seung-Yun - 10, 10, 10
Final Score: Lee 30-28 Atanu
Set 2 - Scores: Atanu - 10, 10, 10
Lee - 10, 10, 8
Final Score: Atanu 30 - 28 Lee
Set 3 - Scores: Atanu - 9, 10, 8
Lee - 10, 9, 8
Final Score: Atanu 27 - 27 Lee
Set 4 - Scores: Atanu - 9, 9, 9
Lee - 9, 9, 10
Final Score: Atanu 27 - 28 Lee
Set 5 - Scores: Atanu - 9, 10, 9
Lee - 9, 10, 9
Final Score: Atanu 28 - 28 Lee