Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Rubel, Diya secure silver for Bangladesh

Rubel, Diya secure silver for Bangladesh

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Bangladesh had to be content with silver medal in the recurve mixed team event as the archers secured a silver medal on the last day of the Teer 22nd Asian Archery Championships held on Friday at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the city.

The Bangladesh archery team comprising Hakim Ahmed Rubel and promising archer Diya Siddique lost by 1-5 sets to their Korean pair Lee Seungyun and Royoo Su Sung in the final.

Undoubtedly, it's a big achievement for Bangladesh winning the silver medal in this prestigious stage after surpassing India.

Earlier on Tuesday last, Rubel-Diya pair made history by reaching into the final of an event for the first time after a close-run 5-4 win over a strong India in an exciting semifinal.

Coach Martin Frederick, however, content over the archers' performance on the day.

He said: "I'm happy with their performance... They all played well... We may not have won gold here but we've won silver. This is actually the stage of the final... They'll be needed more time to perform here though they shot very good arrow in the last set."

 Diya Siddiqui in her reaction after the match said: "We played well in the whole tournament and also tried to play well in the final... I may not have shot like that early today but in the end I played well. They (Korea)
actually shoot arrows in the same sequence. We've to take our confidence of that level."

Rubel said: "We've a lot to learn from this defeat... We've able to sort out our mistakes in the championship and we'll try to correct those mistakes later stage."