The Indian men's archery team was knocked out of the Olympic Games after losing to Japan in a tense pre-quarterfinal shoot-off at the Lord's Cricket Ground, on Saturday.
The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai, who had qualified bottom of the heap at 12th in the rankings round on Friday, were tied with their Japanese rivals at 214 after the regulation four rounds.
Tarundeep RaiBut the trio of Yu Ishizu, Hideki Kikuchi and Takaharu Furukawa edged the Indians 29-27 in the shoot-off in which each the archers shoot alternatively.
The Indians would be much disappointed as they were leading by two points in regulation play before the Japanese equalised to force a tie-breaker.
The three will now be seen in action in the individual eliminations rounds that will commence on Monday.
All eyes will next be on the women's team which will compete in the Eliminator on Sunday against Denmark.
The women's team was ranked ninth after preliminary round on Friday.
London 2012 archery: Indian men set their sights on medals
London: Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee will look to put Friday’s disappointment behind when they feature in the men's team archery on Saturday.
The quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the bronze-medal tie and the final will be played on Saturday morning at Lord’s. It will start at 1330 Indian Standard Time.
Rai was the highest-placed Indian but at a disappointing 31st place in the ranking qualification on Friday.
Other than Rai, who scored 664 points from 72 shots, Banerjee was placed 46th with 655 points, followed by Talukdar at 53rd with 650 points.
Due to the disappointing performance of the trio, India finished last in a 12-team event.
Let’s hope, Saturday turns out to be a much better day for the trio
Archers lose to Japan in ‘heartbreaker’
The Indian men’s archery team of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee failed to capitalise on mistakes by rivals Japan and bowed out of the team championships. Both teams were locked on 214 and in the tiebreakers Japan blew India away.
India led the match from start and had opened up a three-point gap at half-way stage. But an eight by Rai in the crucial final end pushed the match into tiebreaker. With archers getting no accreditation for support staff, physio Joydip Das Choudhury did his sessions before the start of the event on the roadside outside the Lord’s.
London 2012 Archery: India finish last in Olympic archery ranking round
LONDON: It was a disappointing start to the proceedings for India at the Olympics with the men's archery team finishing bottom of the heap at 12th in the ranking round held at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday.
The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee combined for a score of 1969 on a day when defending champions Korea shattered the team world record with a tally of 2087 to lead the rankings.
Individually, Tarundeep Rai was the best-placed Indian at 31st with 664 points from 72 shots. Banerjee was at 46th with 655 points, followed by Talukdar at 53rd with 650 points.
For Korea, Dong Hyun Im set an individual world record with a score of 699/720. France finished a distant second in the raking round with a score of 2021.
After the ranking round, the 12 teams will shoot in a head-to-head elimination format. Each team will shoot four sets of six arrows (two arrows per archer).
The team with the highest total will win the match, with winning teams progressing through the draw until only the finalists remain.
If two teams are tied, a three-arrow shoot-off is held. If this doesn't separate them, the team closest to the centre of the target emerges the winner.
The two winning teams from the respective semifinal matches compete in the gold-medal match and the remaining teams compete in the bronze-medal match.
The Indian men will be playing Japan in the pre-quarterfinals on Saturday. The Japanese finished fifth in the ranking round with 2009 points to India's 1969, thanks to which they ended last on Friday.
The winner of India-Japan will meet USA in the quarterfinals. The Americans have got a bye after finishing fourth with 2019 points. France, China and Korea have also got byes.