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Promising Indian archer Pravin Jadhav feels he could've done better at Tokyo 2020

Jadhav lost to reigning World Champion Brady Ellison of the USA in the round of 32 of the men’s individual event at Tokyo 2020.
By Samrat Chakraborty

Pravin Jadhav was arguably the pick of the Indian men's archers at Tokyo 2020. He finished at the 31st spot in the men's individual ranking round ahead of his senior compatriots Atanu Das (35th) and Tarundeep Rai (37th). That show also saw the Indian team pick Jadhav to partner Deepika Kumari in the mixed team event.

Jadhav was also very impressive in the men's team event where India lost to eventual gold medallists South Korea in the quarter-final. In the mixed team event, Jadhav and Deepika started well, defeating Chinese Taipei but lost to South Korea again, who went on to win gold, in the quarter-finals.

The Satara-born archer also went on to raise the expectations in the individual knockout event too as he outclassed World No. 2 Galsan Bazarchapov of ROC 6-0 in the opening round. His campaign, however, came to an end in the second round after losing 0-6 to the reigning World Champion Brady Ellison of the USA.

And Jadhav admits that it was a below-par performance as he was expecting to do better. He also indicated that the wind caused trouble in his judgement during the individual event.

"I could have done better in the individual event. I didn't think about competing against World No.2 or World No.1, I was just prepared to give my best shot against my opponent. It just happened that I couldn't judge the direction of the wind properly," Jadhav told Olympics.com.

"When you take aim, it is difficult to maintain a mental balance at times, but I tried to remain in the present and do my shooting. I didn't want to think of the past or future at that moment," he added.

Pravin Jadhav with Deepika Kumari (Courtesy: World Archery/Twitter)

But far from Tokyo, at Satara (in Maharashtra), his parents were not too concerned about Jadhav's results. They were waiting anxiously for his first visit back home since 2018. And Jadhav is surprised at receiving plenty of support on his return back home after his eye-catching performance at Tokyo 2020.

"My parents don't understand sports much. They were happy about the fact that I'm returning home after years. They were happy that I played in the Games, they know about the Olympics, but don't have any idea that it is this big. They always support me and will never share any kind of problems at home so that I don't get disturbed," Jadhav said.

"I think during my present problems, I got a lot of support from people, I never thought that I would get it after my first Olympics and it will help me for my next Games. It will help me do better," he added.

The break after Tokyo 2020 seems to be a time that Jadhav wants to make best use of by spending it with his friends and near ones. He quite often engages in playing carrom board with them or would go for mountain climbing nearby his place.

But even during his much-earned holidays, he misses training, and wants to return to action soon.

"Near my house, there are mountains, we (with friends) go to climb the mountains once or twice a week. The weather is also so good that it is really enjoyable and helps me feel mentally relaxed," the 25-year-old said.

"I like movies related to the Army, recently I watched Shershaah (a Bollywood movie). It motivates me as their life is full of struggles from the beginning," he added.

Jadhav will be next seen in action for the trials of Asian Archery Championships in October and ahead of it, he will resume training later this week.