The Indian pair defeated Thailand‘s Praphaporn and Anon by 147-141 in the Round of 16. Rakesh and Jyoti displayed their A-game in the entire match, giving no respite to the Thai pair.
In the first two sets, the Thailand duo edged Indians by one point. However, Rakesh and Jyoti staged an outstanding comeback in the third set, as they cut the Thai team’s lead to one point. In the fourth set, Indian archers were clinical as they shot 9, 9, 10, 10. Meanwhile, Praphaporn and Anon scored 8, 8, 8, 9, which handed the win to India.
Later in the day, India will play against Turkey in quarters.
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On Friday, after a spirited performance in the men’s ranking round by Rakesh Kumar, the Indian mixed team of Jyoti Balyan and Rakesh was seeded 6th for the compound archery event.
Kumar gathered a personal best of 699 points out of a possible 720. Notably, Rakesh’s score was better than the previous Paralympic record of 687, which has now been obliterated by China’s He Zihao.
In the mixed team, the Chinese are again top-seeded with a Paralympic Record of 1388 to their name. Russian Paralympic Committee’s archers are seeded second while Turkey took the third spot. India’s Jyoti and Rakesh’s score read 1370.