Contrasting fortunes for Olympians Khairul, Syaqiera in ranking round

Khairul Anuar

PETALING JAYA: National archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad started Malaysia's Olympics campaign in Tokyo by placing 20th in the men's individual recurve ranking round.

The 2019 world championships silver medallist shot 661 points to qualify in the top 20 for the knockout stage, which will take place from July 27.

Archers shoot 72 arrows (12 series of six arrows) over a distance of 70m in the ranking round.

Khairul failed to go anywhere near his personal best of 690 achieved last year.

Tokyo Olympics debutant Kim De-jeok led the qualifiers for the men's recurve individual after shooting 688 points.

The current world No. 1 Brady Ellison of United States had the second highest score of 682 points ahead of two South Koreans Oh Jin-hyek (681) and Kim Woo-jin (680).

Khairul will take on Finland's Antti Vikstrom in the first round of elimination next Wednesday.

Syaqiera Mashayikh earlier finished 43rd in the women's recurve individual ranking round with a season best effort of 630 points.

20-year-old Korean prodigy An San topped the qualification round with a new Olympics record score of 680 points ahead of teammate Kang Chae-young (675).

Syaqiera will take on Russian world No. 4 Elena Osipova in the first round of elimination next Tuesday.

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