India men archers lose after exciting tie

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London, Jul 28: Indian men's archery team went down to Japan after an exciting tie in the elimination round at the London Olympics 2012 at the Lord's cricket ground here on Saturday.

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The match between India and Japan ended in a tie where both teams scored 214 each. In the shoot off it was Japan who won with 29-27 score. The Indian trio of Rahul Banerjee, Jayanta Talukdar and Tarundeep Rai were left disappointed at the famous cricket ground.

"I am really disappointed. We were leading by three points. We all shot well but some of our 8s put us down. The crowd was really good. It was the best field I have ever seen," said Banerjee.

"I feel it has happened because of the pressure. We tried to hit 10s but it was always 9s. All three of us were in bed for two or three days, so our bodies got weak. Yesterday, during the ranking round, I could not shoot properly because of less body power," Talukdar said.

Tarundeep said: "I was disappointed. We lost the team round but the game is still on. We have to focus on the individuals. It's very good to see that archery is getting more popular. We are performing in front of so many people here - we don't have the same support in India.".

Earlier updates

Indian men's archery team has entered Lord's cricket ground for their elimination match against Japan here at the London Olympics 2012 on Saturday, Jul 28.

We will get you all the live action here. First up, it is Great Britain versus Ukraine match. Next will be India's.

Indian team comprises Tarundeep Rai, Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar.

They had a disappointing beginning to the Games as the team ended 12th and last on Friday.

It was the ranking round on Jul 27 and they will have to improve their performances to progress further.

In the ranking round, India had a score of 1969. Japan, India's opponents today, had 2009 points and had taken fifth spot.

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