Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Archery – Women’s Individual – 1/32 Finals – Yumenoshima Archery Field, Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021. Marlyse Hourtou of Chad in action REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
July 29, 2021
By Ju-min Park
TOKYO (Reuters) – Marlyse Hourtou, the first Olympic archer from Chad, shot her first arrow for a perfect 10 and took a set off a top-ranked South Korean opponent before bowing out in the women’s individual event on Thursday.
Although she eventually lost to South Korea’s An San in her first matchplay appearance, Hourtou said she felt “no stress”, enjoying one of the biggest moments of her life.
The 25-year-old, who celebrated her birthday on Thursday, secured a spot at the Tokyo Games through a tripartite invitation, which are special invitational quota places intended to improve universality.
Hourtou became the first athlete outside track and field and judo to carry Chad’s flag at the Olympics.
In the 1/32 eliminations round, she faced the formidable An who has already won two golds at the Tokyo Games.
Undeterred, Hourtou took the first set with her first arrow by hitting a perfect 10, outscoring An by one point. However, An won the next three sets to advance to the next round.
“I’m the first archery contestant from Chad to come to the Olympic Games,” Hourtou said. “Although I was beaten I know lots of people in Chad are happy for me.”
Elimination rounds for the men’s and women’s individual events took place on Thursday when there were no major upsets other than India’s Atanu Das knocking out London Olympic champion Oh Jin-hyek of South Korea in the men’s event.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Additional reporting by Hugh Lawson; Editing by Ken Ferris)