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Baki flops in Olympics again

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  • 26 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Baki flops in Olympics again

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Bangladesh’s premier shooter Abdullah Hel Baki failed to live up to the expectations as he was knocked out from the men’s 10m air rifle qualifications on the second day of the Tokyo Olympics at Asaka Shooting Range on Sunday. 

The two-time Commonwealth silver medallist scored a total of 619.8 points in the qualifying event only to finish 41st among 47 shooters and ended his Olympic campaign on a disappointing note.

The 31-year old scored 102.8, 103.4, 102.9, 103.8, 103.8 and 103.1 points respectively in six series in the qualifying event.

Baki, who also took part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, had showcased better performance during that event as he scored 621.2 points in the qualifiers to finish 25th among 50 participants.

American shooter Shaner William earned the gold medal in the event after scoring 251.6 in the final.

The 20-year old shooter also created a new Olympic record on his way to become an Olympic gold medallist.

Chinese shooters Sheng Lihao and Yang Haoran secured the silver and bronze medals respectively scoring 250.9 and 229.4 points in the final respectively. 

Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh archers – Ruman Shana and Diya Siddique finished ninth in their mixed team event after losing to their South Korean counterparts, who ultimately went on to win the gold medal in the event, in their round of 16 match.

 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.

Both Shana and Diya 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.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh athlete Jahir Raihan on Sunday left Dhaka for Tokyo to take part in the Olympics for the first time.

Jahir was joined by two athletics officials -- team leader and athletics general secretary Abdur Rakib Montu and head coach Abdullah Hel Kafi in the tour.

 The 20-year old athlete will compete in the men’s 400m heat at Olympic Stadium on August 1.