Men’s Individual Round of 64/32
Compared to the other days at the Sambodrono, the competition was more on the reserved side, seeing quite the pick of 6-0 sweeps today. One of those came in Furukawa Takahuru’s win over the Norwegian Baard Nesteng. Furukawa racked up 29 points in two sets for an easy victory against the 26th seed, advancing to the final 16. He’s due to face Spanish ace Juan I. Rodriguez, a top ten shooter this year, who breezed his way through the first two rounds. Both ended 6-0 in the benefit of Rodriguez, who shot nothing less than 29 against Belgian Robin Ramaekers.
Meanwhile Florian Floto took down Samuli Pippo of Finland 6-0, and Khairul Aruar Mohamad had just as easy of a match as well, leaving both in lock at the round of 32. For the prior, his first two sets came out rough, dropping both with a mere 23 and 26 points. But being down 4-0 Floto willed an unseen power out of nowhere to go 29,28, and an impressive 30 points for three unanswered sets to win. It was a joy to behold for the 11th seed, and his pride as the lone German in the competition was vivid indeed.
But tension finally arrived in the late afternoon for Crispin Duenas and Marco Galiazzo. The heated match saw Duenas go up 4-0, but Galiazzo wouldn’t let down as he won the next two. In the final set the Italian shot a perfect ten to save himself and tie it up for a shootout, giving him momentum like no other. But Duenas, the favored archer, pulled a ten over Galiazzo’s nine in dramatic fashion for the victory. His next obstacle came even tougher, though, with American Zach Garrett on the other side.
Garrett stood stone-faced as ever, matched any score Duenas threw at him and more. He took a 5-3 lead going into a fifth set, but held no punches with a flawless 30 point score to decisively beat Duenas 7-3. But For Garrett, his mental skill will be put to the test at an even further capacity for his next opponent is scheduled to be teammate Brady Ellison.
Women’s Individual Round of 64/32
For being the number eight archer in this year’s Olympics, Alejandra Valencia has had one of the most difficult roads to the final 16. Her start in the morning against Yulia Lobzhenidze of Georgia created a tense and palm sweating vibe for the Mexican. She dropped the first two sets but then nailed 4/6 arrows in the following duo for a tie score of 4-4. The fifth featured a solid ten from Lobzhenidze but Valencia appeared composed through her 29 points to move on.
Her next opponent came in Yasemin Anagoz, who had just squeaked by in a shootout earlier in the day. Anagoz managed to come back and tie two sets, not going down without a fight, but Valencia proved why she was one of the best, nailing a 10 in the shootout to close a stressful day. Her efforts bring her to Bombayla Devi Laishram, who upset Chinese Taipei’s Lin Shih-chia.
Lastly the number one archer for the women, Choi Misun, breezed to the round of 16 in typical dominating fashion. After a 6-0 win against Yessica Camilo, Choi needed a big performance against national rivals Chinese Taipei, who were represented by Le Chien-ying. Le had a shimmer of hope appear after the first set, where she drew for one point, but that quickly disappeared in the midst of the archery giant that is Choi. The South Korean won 6-2 and marched to the next round, where Inna Stepanova awaits as strong as ever.