Bangladeshi archers – Ruman Shana and Diya Siddique made a bright start in the 32nd Summer Olympics as they qualified in the mixed team main event at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo on Friday.
Shana scored 662 points while Diya made career-best 635 points as their total points of 1297 helped them make a cut as the 16th and last team during the qualifying round on the opening day of the archery discipline.
Shana and Diya also finished 17th and 36th respectively among 64 participants in both the men’s and women’s categories during the qualifying events with their same performance.
The Bangladeshi pair will now face South Korean pair An San and Kim Je Deok in their mixed team 1/8 elimination round match today as the medals of the same event will be decided on the same day.
USA, Japan, Mexico, China, Netherlands, Turkey, Chinese Taipei, India, ROC, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, France and Indonesia are the other 14 teams who made the cut in the mixed team main event after Friday’s qualifying rounds, where a total of 29 teams took part.
“This is really amazing and a happy moment. At first, we were thinking it would be too hard for us. Finally, we’re in the 16th position, and it’s really awesome. We’re feeling so excited and so happy,” said Shana, who pairing with Diya, bagged the silver medal during Archery World Cup stage-two in Lausanne, Switzerland in May.
“We’re not worried about Korea. We’ll shoot normally and see what happens in the match,” he added.
Bangladesh’s premier archer Shana made a brilliant start in the ranking round as he scored 337 points in his first 36 shots but he failed to carry the momentum and scored 325 in the last 36 shots.
The 26-year old, who ranked 17th among 64 men archers, will play against the 48th-ranked English archer Tom Hall in the 1/32 elimination round match on July 27.
Diya, however, made a new personal record scoring 635 out of 720, surpassing her previous best 634.
The 17-year-old archer scored 307 in the first 36 arrows and then made 328 in the final 36 shots.
Diya will face the 29th ranked Dziominskaya Karyna from Belarus in the round of 1/32 on July 27.
Meanwhile, South Korean archer An San, who finished top in the women’s individual, broke a 28-year Olympic record after scoring 680.
The previous Olympic record was 673, set by Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine in 1996.
San’s other two compatriots Jang Minhee and Kang Chae Young finished second and third respectively scoring 677 and 675 in the same category.