Suresh’s chance of a medal gone with the wind


PETALING JAYA: Para recurve archer S. Suresh’s (pic) medal dream came unstuck when he crashed out early under challenging weather conditions.

The 2019 world para archery champion lost 2-6 to Russian Paralympic Committee’s Bato Tsy-dendorzhiev in the first elimination round as rained poured at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field yesterday.

The Kedahan was shaky in the first round and lost 23-25 but came back to win the second 28-25 to tie the score at 2-2.

However, Tsydendorzhiev regained a 4-2 lead after winning the third set 25-23 and maintained his momentum to win the final set 28-23 to confirm his place in the last 16.

Suresh, who lost his left leg in a road accident at the age of 13, was hoping to contribute a medal to dedicate not just to the country but to his family.

His wife P. Vikneswary gave birth to their son S. Monish in mid-July but he could not be by their side because of the quarantine-based training in Bukit Jalil.

Coach Marzuki Zakaria said Suresh, who had not gone for any competitions since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, struggled to cope with the weather.

“Anything could have happened under the rainy and windy conditions.

“The wind was blowing against his direction in the third set and his arrows went off target.

“It’s his first Paralympics and he tried his best. We will try to improve on our shortcomings in the future,” said Marzuki.

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