India's campaign in archery at the Olympics ended without a medal after Atanu Das lost to home favourite Takaharu Furukawa 6-4 in an intense five-setter in the men's individual pre-quarter-finals, in Tokyo, on Saturday.
Das failed to score a 10 in the fifth set and slipped to the red-circle for an 8, which proved costly, as Furukawa sealed the issue by a solitary point margin in the decider.
Das was the lone archer in the fray after his world No. 1 one wife Deepika Kumari succumbed to a 0-6 rout by eventual gold medallist An San of Korea on Friday.
Two days after knocking out London Olympics gold medallist Oh Jin Hyek in the last-32 match, Das was unable to reproduce that form against the Japanese, a silver medallist in the 2012 Olympics, and a team bronze medallist at the ongoing Games.
He bounced back from a 1-3 deficit to level 3-3 as the duo went neck-and-neck in the fourth set before the local favourite sealed the issue in the fifth just a point (28-27).
Das shot twice in the red-circle (8-8) with his last two arrows of the opening set and lost by two points (25-27).
Starting off with a 10, he gained control, but the Japanese too matched him, shooting an identical 28-28 to split the second set and leave the Indian trailing 1-3.
Das showed fine composure, drilling two 10s en route to taking the fourth set 28-27 but there was more drama in store as both tied the fourth set.