Rio de Janeiro, August 5
Jit Bahadur Muktan set date with Indian archer Atanu Das in the round of 64 match of the men's Individual Recurve 70m event at the Olympic Games here on Friday.
In the ranking round played at the Sombodromo Stadium, Muktan came 60th with the score of 607 out of 700 in the 64-men field, while Das came fifth with 683. They will face each other for a place in the round of 32 on August 9 at the same venue.
Muktan said the injury to his finger prevented him from getting desired results. "I could not play to my potential because of the injury to my finger," said Muktan, who wounded his ring finger during practice.
"I was aiming at bettering my personal mark but the injury came in between and I failed to do so," said Muktan, whose personal best score is 642. "Now that I am in knock out round and I have three days left for the next match, I will try my best to go one step ahead," he said.
Muktan's coach and President of the Nepal Archery Association, Deepak Gurung, was optimistic about the upcoming encounter. "The knock out stage is any one's game," he said. "I think Muktan has a chance to advance to the round of 32 by beating the Indian opponent as the player who performs better on the particular day is the winner. It is just a matter of three shots and anything can happen," said Gurung about the best-of-five contest.
Meanwhile, Woojin Kim of Republic of Korea broke the world record in the ranking round with the score of 700. Kim (24) became the first athlete to set a new world mark in Rio Olympics surpassing the previous record of 699, set by his countryman Im Ding-Hyun in the previous edition of the Games in London.