In the ongoing Youth Olympics, Akash Malik became the first Indian to win a silver medal in archery. The 16-year-old settled for silver after a defeat in the final to USA’s Trenton Cowles 0-6 in the men’s recurve event. The archer was on the verge of top finish as he started off brilliantly in the summit clash. He shot a 10 in his first attempt. Nonetheless, he couldn't replicate the same going forward.
In his second attempt, Akash ruined his chances of winning the set by shooting a 6. Even though he salvaged himself with another 10 in his third shot, he went down in the first set 26-28 to the US archer. His rival shot 9,9 and 10. In the second set, it was more easy for Akash's opponent courtesy two 10s and 9 to ensure a 29-27 victory.
In addition, another six from hampered his progress of stamping authority in the match. Even though he picked up 10s in the next two attempts, he lost the set 26-28 to Cowley.
After his heroics, Akash mentioned his next goal, about family-support and how he turned into an archer. " I have trained in the wind, but here it was too much. I feel good but I lost the gold medal. One day my friends took me to a field where I saw kids aiming at a target with arrows. Mujhe laga woh shikaar kar rahe hain (I thought they were hunting something). Mujhe laga mein kuchh kar sakta hoon (I thought I could do something) Initially my parents dissuaded me as they wanted me to study to land up a government job. But after I started winning medals they have started backing me fully. They must be very happy now Now I’ve to put in more effort and hope to qualify for Tokyo Olympics."
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega