Myanmar athletes hunt for hardware
AS the first weekend of the 2016 Olympics wraps up in Rio de Janeiro, countries such as Australia, the US and Brazil are racking up the hardware in the race to win the Games.
But for two of Myanmar’s seven hopefuls, the Games are just beginning – and no medals are coming back to the Golden Land yet.
San Yu Htwe got things under way in the women’s individual archery competition on August 5, finishing 51st out of 64 competitors. Her total 608 points were just enough to get her into the next round, which will see her take on Kuoppa Taru of Finland in an elimination match.
Hitting 16 total 10s and x’s – the area in and around the target bullseye – was an impressive feat for the Myanmar archer, who only got her start in 2012. San Yu Htwe entered the games saying, “Although I cannot hope to win a medal, I am excited to gather many international experiences from the Olympics,” but she may prove herself wrong if she can win today’s elimination round. She would need to win at least four more elimination rounds to claim a medal.
Meanwhile, pistol shooter Ye Tun Naung, Myanmar’s only competitor to qualify outright, finished in a tie for 32nd during the men’s 10m air pistol qualifiers. He finished 8 points out of the finals.
Though he won’t be medaling in that event, he still has the 50m pistol shooting competition on August 10.