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Sikkimese archer Tarundeep Rai bows out of Tokyo Olympics

GANGTOK: Indian archer Tarundeep Rai has bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics 2021 after losing 6-5 in Men’s Individual Round of 32 in a thriller to Israel’s Itay Shanny Archery.

Rai got off to a shaky start in the Olympics, going 7-8-9 in the first set, with the Israeli taking the two points. In the next round, Tarundeep beat Shanny’s 8-9-9 with a 10-8-9.

Going into the fourth set, both the archers were on top of each other, sharing points. The Indian veteran’s 9-10-9 gave him the important lead heading into the Olympics final in the next set.

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Rai failed to make the most of his momentum in the fifth set, as the Israeli, who had his back against the wall, prevailed and forced the match into a shoot-out.

In the previous round, the 37-year-old Army archer Rai had come from behind to win 6-4 against Oleksii Hunbin of Ukraine.

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