Golden archers arrive today

Sports Correspondent

11 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Golden archers arrive today

Bangladesh ace archer Ruman Sana holds on to the ropes while paragliding in Nepal on Tuesday. — Sun Photo

Gold-laden Bangladesh Archery Team will return home today after completing a successful campaign at 13th South Asian Games at Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal.

Earlier, Bangladesh made the record of achieving most gold medals in a South Asian Games securing 19 gold medals in the ongoing 13th SA Games in Nepal, featuring all the 10 gold medals in archery.

Bangladesh archers spent the day enjoying themselves as they went to paraglide on Tuesday.

Celebrated archer Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun have displayed a brilliant show in archery securing three gold medals each — two in team event each and one in singles event — in the Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara.

Riding on their outstanding performances, Bangladeshi archers secured all the 10 gold medals in archery enabling the country to achieve the record of clinching 19 gold medals in en edition since the tournament was introduced in 1984 also in Nepal.

The previous best performance of the country in the SA Games was 18 gold medals earned in 2010 in Dhaka. But, Bangladesh’s highest number of gold medals won in a single game held outside Bangladesh was 7, in the Madras Games in 1995.

Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun were the best performers of Bangladesh in the regional games after swimmer Mosharraf Hossain Khan, who secured a record five gold medals for Bangladesh in a single edition-three in individual events and two in relay—in the 2nd SAF Games (presently SA Games) in Dhaka in 1985.

Bangladeshi archers brought the glory for the country in the ongoing games on Sunday clinching all the six team event gold medals — men’s recurve, women’s recurve, mixed recurve, compound men’s, compound women’s and compound mixed -with Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun bagging two gold medals each.

Thereafter, Bangladeshi archers proved their worth displaying cent percent accuracy in the discipline as Suma Biswas, Mohammad Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun bagged the remaining four gold medals in archery on the 9th day of the regional meet on Monday, in absence of Indian archers, who was banned by International Archery Federation.

Bangladeshi archer Suma Biswas clinched the day’s first gold beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka by 142-134 scores in the women’s compound singles final.

Sohel Rana bagged the day’s 2nd gold in men’s compound singles beating Tandin Dorji of Bhutan by 137-136 scores, while Ruman Shana, who became the first Bangladeshi archer to qualify for the Olympic Games, clinched the day’s 3rd gold beating Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 7-1 set points in men’s recurve singles.

Eti Khatun bagged the day’s last and the 10th archery gold for the red and green beating Sonam Dema of Bhutan by 7-3 set points in the women’s recurve singles to raise country gold tally to 18 golds, equaling the record of 2010 Games in Dhaka.