Ace Indian archer who came close to upsetting men's top seed Im Dong Hyun of South Korea in 2004 Athens Olympic
Satyadev Prasad is Indian Archer and most famous for grabbing the 10th place at Sydney Olympic Games 2000, the best performance by any Indian Archer in Olympics Games.
He was born on the 19th of September 1979 in Uttar Pradesh, and began playing the game of Archery at quite an early age. Inspired by the success of Limba Ram, the celebrated Archer, he strived hard to rise in the sport.
Debut into Professional Archery
Satyadev made the headlines for the first time in the year 1997 when he scored a Silver Medal at National Archery Championship held at Jamshedpur. The same year, he grabbed a Bronze Medal in the Asian Team Championship held in Malaysia. He participated in the Rome World Championship 1999 where he finished 59th, while at Beijing World Championship 2001 he secured 12th place in team event and 31st in individual one.
Best International Performance
In the New York World Championship 2003 Satyadev Prasad helped the Indian Archery team grab the 4th place while individually he managed to finish at 12th place. This is considered to be his best international performance. At the event, he defeated Dmitri Nevmerjitsky of Russia by 153-144 in the 1st round, while in 2nd round he beat Anton Prylepov of Belarus by 158-152. In the 3rd round however, Tim Cuddihy of Australia outsmarted him by 161-154.
In the Asian Archery Championship 2003 held at Yangon, Myanmar, the Indian team comprising of Satyadev Prasad, Tarundeep Rai, Vishwas and Majhi Sawaiyan won the Silver Medal in the Olympic Round Team event.
Performance at Olympics
Prasad participated at Athens Olympics 2004 and finished 11th in the team event, and 10th in the individual event. This was the best individual performance by any Indian Archer at the Olympic Games till then. At the event, the 5’7” tall and 141 pounds Satyadev beat Yuji Hamano of Japan by 155-150 in the 1st round, and outperformed Tshering Chhoden of Bhutan in a Tie-Breaker in the 2nd round. Finally, the reigning World No. 1 Archer Dong Hyun Im of South Korea defeated Satyadev Prasad in the 3rd round by a marginal score of 167-165.
At the same event, the Indian Archery team comprising of Majhi Sawaiyan, Satyadev Prasad and Tarundeep Rai managed to finish at 11th place, when the Australian team comprising of David Barnes, Tim Cuddihy and Simon Fairweather defeated the Indian team by 248-236 points.