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Elder almost creates archery upset

Archery.Org
Friday, August 03, 2012

ROBERT Elder of Fiji missed the chance to record the biggest shock of the men's individual elimination rounds when he lost 6-4 to Kim Bubmin of Korea at Lord's Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Elder who finished 2nd from bottom in the ranking round, pushed number two seed Kim all the way before being beaten 6-4.

Elder has the biggest bow at the 2012 London Games, measuring 1.83 metres (72inch) to fit his 1.94m (6ft 4in) frame and he put it to good use, particularly in the third set when he scored 10-9-10.

Elder even had a chance to win the match. Needing a 10, he aborted his shot, raised his bow again and went to shoot with only six seconds left.

He did not have enough time and could only score a 6, giving Kim a lifeline. The Korean knocked out Tarundeep Rai (India) in the next round.

Baard Nesteng, ranked No. 57 in the world, beat world No. 26 Hideki Kikuchi (Japan) in a shoot-off in the 1/32 elimination round and showed it was no fluke by beating Jacob Wukie (USA) in the 1/16 elimination.

Wukie, silver team medallist, had looked in top form during his straight-sets win over Jayanta Talukdar (India) in the 1/32 elimination round, shooting six 10s out of his nine arrows but he fell to the in-form Nesteng.

It has been a miserable Games for India so far. A flu-type virus affected most of the team when they arrived in London and Talukdar revealed that the fever had weakened them for the ranking round. He, Rai and Rahul Banjeree, are all out.