Athletes from different non-mainstream sports are making far better progress when compared to those who are into the constant limelight. As competence is increasing in every step, our nation's budding talents are showing the right progress card for keeping our hopes alive. Atanu Das, ladies and gentlemen, has turned most of the heads with appreciation towards him. The Kolkata Lad is the winner of numerous competitions and is one of the finest archers of our nation. Interestingly he was the only male archer in the Indian squad for the Rio Olympics last year.
As a young athlete, he has turned out to be the best hope for our nation in the forthcoming Asian, Commonwealth and Olympics. Let's have a look at this champ's glorious journey.
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Atanu has been ranked number 22 in the international rankings as his career best is a score of 683 and has come 5th among 64 archers in the qualifiers.
Atanu Das has been the finalist of the Indoor Archery World cup Numerous times. Also, he has been the part of many other prestigious events such as the Shanghai Indoor World Cup, Bangkok Indoor World Cup and also, the Rio Olympics.
Das sees Koreans as the real competitors as after his round performance in the Rio Olympics he said, "The country is the archery powerhouse and the World No. 8 had already won a gold medal in the team event. My rank going into the Olympics was 22. Yet that did not bother me. I had already hit my career-best score of 683 in the event's ranking round and come 5th among 64". Back in the Rio Olympics, leading the qualification round was two-time World champion Kim Woojin who shot 700, for a world record on the opening day of the event. Das had troubled Woojin in the World Cup Stage 3 in Antalya earlier in June where he led the Korean heavyweight 4-0 before losing 5-6 for the individual bronze medal.
Das along with Deepika Kumari, one of the most experienced archers of India, has won a bronze medal in the 2013 World Cup Mixed Team event organised in Colombia.
Talking about the recovery that Atanu made last year in the Rio Olympics, he displayed fine composure of skills to bounce back from a poor start in his maiden Olympics to finish fifth in the qualification round as archery got underway at Brazil's historic Samba street. He was lacking behind by the 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.
Putting aside the failure in Rio Olympics, Atanu remarked, "Conditions don't matter as it depends on the particular day and situation. One or two arrows decide the result and one mistake and you are out. We need to bridge the gaps with outsiders like Koreans archers who have more exposure and sponsorship." He said his present focus should be big events like the next Olympics and that he should start preparing it from now.
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