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Men's archery suffers slings and arrows of defeat

The Taiwan men's archery team could not get a win against Italy in their 1/8 elimination round on Saturday, losing their shot at competing for a spot on the podium. They closed with a score of 206, defeated by the Italian team's score of 216.

The three archers will have a chance to redeem themselves in the individual event, with Wang Chen-bang (王正邦) ranked 33rd, Kup Cheng-wei (郭振維) at 40th and rookie Chen Yu-chen (陳宥辰) at 54th in the men's division after a preliminary ranking round.

While the men's team swallowed their disappointment and began preparing for the individual rounds, the women's team have advanced a little further.

Chinese Taipei's women archery team won third place in the ranking rounds on Friday, finishing with a score of 1,976. This earned them a first-round bye, and will see them compete directly in the quarterfinals against opponents from either Great Britain or Russia. Coach Ni Da-jhih (倪大智) said the archers had done well but there was room for improvement.

"It could have been better," Ni said. "All three girls made trivial mistakes."

As for the individual ranking rounds, Tan Ya-ting (譚雅婷) finished with a stunning 671 points, which tied her with her first and second place opponents Ki Bo-bae and Lee Sung-jin from South Korea. Ni demanded better from Tan, blaming the athlete's mentality as the key obstacle to a better performance. "Her anxiety about maintaining her ranking gets the better of her once she realizes other athletes have fallen behind her," he said.

Tan also stated, "I don't feel anything (special) about reaching the 671-point score. It wasn't the best performance. I can definitely do better."

Lin Chia-en (林佳恩) ended at 667 points, ranking fifth in the individual standings. According to Ni's analysis, Lin advanced too fast and lost a little momentum in the second half.

"I got nervous about the wind speed in the second half," Lin said. "Staying focused is most important." But, considering it was her Olympic debut, Lin added, "Not too bad for a start."

Her teammate Le Chien-ying (雷千瑩) closed with 638 points, ranked 39th in the women's division. She noted, "I'm not too worried about the rankings. Elimination games are much more important. I need to concentrate on adjustments once pre-game practice begins."

The individual rounds are set to start Monday in a head-to-head elimination format.

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