Indian archery campaign got off to a rousing start with a brilliant show in the morning session by Atanu Das in his maiden Olympics appearance.
Atanu impressed on his Olympic debut by finishing a creditable fifth in the individual section.
Das showed fine composure and skill to bounce back from a poor start to finish fifth in the qualification round as archery got underway at Brazil’s historic Samba street here.
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Lying a lowly 10th after first 36 arrows, the 24-year-old Kolkata lad turned it around in style in the final set of 36 arrows by shooting 23 perfect 10s including 10 closest to the centre to finish fifth with 683 out of the possible 720.
For the much-fancied women’s team, Deepika Kumari once again faltered under pressure to miss a target as India’s medal hope in the women’s team event received a big blow by finishing a lowly seventh in the archery qualification round of the Olympic Games.
In her third Olympics, senior archer Bombayla Devi Laishram shot 638 to finish 24th while Laxmirani Majhi finished a lowly 43rd with 614 points.