Famed archer Ruman Sana made the history as he directly qualified in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games despite losing his semifinal clash to his Malaysian counterpart Khairul Anuar Mohamad by 3-7 set points of Hyundai World Archery Championship-2019 held on Thursday evening in the Netherlands.
Ruman is the second Bangladeshi athlete to qualify the Olympics directly after ace golfer Siddikur Rahman. Siddikur earned the Olympic quota for the Rio Olympics in 2016.On way to the semifinals of recurve men’s singles, Roman Sana displayed impressive performance in the pre-quarterfinals and quarterfinal as he beat Sjef Van Den Berg of Netherland by 6-2 set points in the quarterfinal match before beating gold medalist of 2011 World Archery Championships, Kim Woojin of South Korea, by 6-4 set points in the pre quarterfinal.
Ruman will fight for the bronze medal against Mauro Nespoli in the recurve men’s singles event scheduled to be held on Sunday (June 16).
Despite the loss in the semi-final match, Roman’s result was enough to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Playing at the semi-finals is also the best ever performance by any Bangladeshi at the world’s top archery competition.