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Shana, Diya finish 9th in mixed team event

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  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Shana, Diya finish 9th in mixed team event
Bangladesh archers Ruman Shana (right) and Diya Siddique compete in the mixed team eliminations during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo on Saturday. —World Archery Photo

Bangladesh archers – Ruman Shana and Diya Siddique finished ninth in their mixed team event of the Tokyo Olympics after losing to their South Korean counterparts in their round of 16 match at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Shana-Diya pair conceded a straight 0-6 sets defeat to the top-ranked South Korean pair -- Kim Je Deok and An San to get eliminated from the mixed team event.

The South Korean pair later bagged the gold medal in the event beating Steve Wijler and Gabriela Schloesser of Netherlands by 5-3 sets in the final to give their country the first gold medal in the ongoing Olympic Games.

Kim Je Deok and An San defeated India by 6-2 sets in the quarterfinals before they beat Mexico by 5-1 sets in the semis to qualify for the final of the first-ever archery mixed team event in the Olympics.

The Mexican pair -- Luis Alvarez and Alejandra Valencia earned the bronze medal beating the Turkish pair -- Mete Gazoz and Yasemin Anagoz by 6-2 sets in the bronze medal deciding match.

Shana and Diya made a poor start on Saturday as they lost the first set by 30-38 points. They, however, looked promising in the next two sets but went down fighting by 33-35 and 38-39 points respectively to get knocked out from the event.

Earlier on Friday, Shana scored 662 points while Diya made career-best 635 points as their total points of 1297 helped them make a cut in the mixed team knockouts as the 16th and last team during the qualifying round.

Shana and Diya, who clinched the silver medal in the mixed team event of Archery World Cup stage two in Lausanne, Switzerland in May, will now take part in the respective individual event of Archery discipline.

Shana, who finished 17th among 64 participants in the men’s category during the qualifying event, will play against the 48th-ranked English archer Tom Hall in his round of 64 match on July 27.

Diya, who finished 36th in the women’s qualifying event, will face the 29th ranked Dziominskaya Karyna from Belarus in the women's individual 1/32 eliminations on July 29.