PETALING JAYA: Malaysian para archer Hasihin Sanawi broke down in tears after a shock first-round exit in the men’s Open recurve elimination rounds at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
Hasihin was the silver medallist at the 2012 London Paralympics but found the going tough from the get-go.
He went down 0-6 to Poland’s Piotr Sawicki, the eighth seed.
The pressure was on Hasihin after losing 25-26 and 21-24 in the opening two sets.
Hasihin needed to win the third to keep his hopes alive, but his fate was sealed after he could only manage two sixes in the last two arrows.
Hasihin qualified for the knockout rounds after finishing 25th out of 32 archers in the ranking rounds three days ago.
“I’m sorry for letting everyone down. My form was OK but I could not get going after losing the first set. I tried my best but could not win the third set,” said Hasihin.
“I will go back home and focus on preparing for the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur next year,” said the 33-year-old wheelchair-bound archer.
Yuhaizam Yahaya, at 45 the oldest athlete in the Malaysian contingent, has a chance to make amends for Hasihin’s exit when he takes part in the men’s individual compound on Wednesday.