Indian para-archer Rakesh Kumar reaches the pre quarter final rounds of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Indian para-archer Rakesh Kumar continued with his impressive run to progress towards the pre-quarterfinal stage meanwhile his compatriot Shyam Sundar Swami was knocked out in the second round as Indian para-archers had a mixed day at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Saturday.

Indian para-archer Rakesh Kumar continued with his impressive run to progress towards the pre-quarterfinal stage meanwhile his compatriot Shyam Sundar Swami was knocked out in the second round as Indian para-archers had a mixed day at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Saturday.

24 hours after Kumar shot the highest score by an Indian para archer in the qualification round, the score being 699 out of 720, the wheelchair-bound Kumar comfortably overcame Hong Kong para-archer Ka Chuen Ngai by a huge 13-point lead at the Yumenoshima Park. The para archer earned a gold medal at the 7th Fazza Para Archery World Ranking Tournament before in Dubai the same year where he had near-perfect four ends and dropped just one point each directing to a total of 144 out of a possible maximum 150 points. He shot nine perfect 10s which include four shots closest to the centre which is (X), with his rival from Hong Kong only shooting four 10s (three Xs) for a total of 131.

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On Tuesday, the third-seeded Kumar will face 14th seed Marian Marecak who is a two-time 49-year-old Olympian from Slovakia in the last- 16 round. Earlier today, Indian archer Sundar, who also got a bye into the second round and is seeded 21st, had suffered a very narrow 139-142 defeat against 2012 Paralympics silver medal winner Matt Stutzman who is an armless archer shooting with the help of his feet. Stutzman took a three-point lead from being 55-all at the halfway mark. He shot a perfect 30/30 fourth end and won the match by a margin of three points, despite some late resistance by the Indian archer.