Myan­mar ath­letes hunt for hard­ware

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - RJ VOGT rj.vogt@mm­times.com

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.

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