Suma Bishwash, Md Sohel Rana and Mohammad Ruman Shana won gold medals for Bangladesh in archery competition at the 13th South Asian Games at Pokhara Stadium in Nepal on Monday.
Bangladeshi compound archer Suma clinched the day's first gold beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka in the women’s compound singles final.
Another compound archer Sohel bagged the day's second and 16th gold for Bangladesh in men’s compound singles beating Tandin Dorji of Bhutan in the final.
Shana, who became the first Bangladeshi archer to qualify for the Olympic Games, clinched the third gold beating Kinley Tshering of Bhutan in the men’s recurve singles.
Bangladeshi archers brought glory for the country winning all six team gold medals – men’s recurve, women's recurve, mixed recurve, compound men’s, compound women’s and compound mixed – on Sunday.
After securing gold in all six team events on Sunday, Bangladeshi archers are now eyeing more gold medals in the individual archery events at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games.
The day’s achievements in the discipline nearly doubled Bangladesh’s haul of golds in the ongoing edition of the games, and gave Bangladeshi archers a morale boost ahead of their individual events on Monday and Tuesday at Pokhara Stadium in Nepal, with a chance to sweep all the archery gold medals in this year’s regional games.
Celebrated archer Mohammad Ruman Shana, who earlier this year became the first Bangladeshi archer to qualify for the Olympic Games, will compete for the gold against Kinley Tshering of Bhutan in the men’s recurve singles while compatriot Mohammad Tamimul Islam will play against De Silva of Sri Lanka in the bronze medal match.
Eti Khatun will play for the gold against Sonam Dema of Bhutan in the final of the women’s recurve singles.
In the men’s compound singles, Md Sohel Rana will play for gold against Tandin Dorji of Bhutan in the final while his compatriot Ashim Kumar Das will play against Kumara of Sri Lanka in the bronze deciding match.
In the women’s compound singles, Suma Bishwash will play for the gold against Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka in the final while Susmita Banik will play against Thakshila Damayanthi in the bronze deciding match.
The Bangladeshi contingent at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games has already created history securing a record haul of gold medals for the country in an edition of the regional games held outside Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s haul was buoyed by the country’s archers, who bagged all six gold medals up for grabs in the discipline on Sunday at Pokhara Stadium, Nepal, pushing the country’s total up to 14 in the current edition.
Previously, the most gold medals Bangladesh won in an edition of the SAG held outside Bangladesh was 7, in the Madras Games in 1995.
Overall, Bangladesh’s best performance at the SAG remains the 18 gold medals in 2010, when it was held in Dhaka.
Bangladeshi archers brought the glory for the country as they clinched all the six team gold medals---men’s recurve, women's recurve, mixed recurve, compound men’s, compound women’s and compound mixed – up for grabs on Sunday.
The achievement was even more remarkable considering Bangladesh never won gold previously in the South Asian Games. Their previous best performance in the SA Games Archery was the three silver medals in Guwahati in 2016.
Apart from the day’s six gold medals in Archery, the Bangladesh women’s cricket team also clinched their first-ever gold medal in the history of the competition beating Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh men’s recurve team comprising of Mohammad Ruman Shana, Mohammad Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel clinched the day’s first gold medal in the men’s recurve team of archery beating Ravien Kavisha Dalpatadu, Sajeev De Silva and Kumara Herath of Sri Lanka by 5-3 sets in the final.
Bangladesh women's recurve team comprising of Eti Khatun, Mehnaz Aktar Monira and Beauty Roy beat Thisari Madushika Silva, Rehana Tayabally and Malsha Dilhani of Sri Lanka in the women's recurve team event final by 6-0 sets points to bag the 2nd gold for Bangladesh on the day.
Thereafter Bangladesh recurve mixed team comprising Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun beat Sonam Dema and Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 6-2 sets in the final for the third gold.
Bangladesh also continued their success in the compound team events.
The compound men’s team comprising Md Sohel Rana, Ashim Kumar Das and Mohammad Ashikuzzaman secured the gold beating Phuntsho Wangdi, Tandin, Dorji and Karma Sherab of Bhutan 225-214 in men’s compound team event final.
Bangladesh women’s compound team comprising of Suma Bishwash, Susmita Banik and Shyamoli Roy bagged gold beating Anuradha Karunarante, Harshani Shalika and Damayanthi Thakshila of Sri Lanka 226-215 in the women’s compound team final.
Bangladesh compound mixed team comprising of Sohel Rana and Susmita Banik clinched the day’s last gold beating Lmayung Rai and Sanatah Malla of Nepal 148-140 scores in the compound mixed team final.
Bangladeshi archers will also battle for the gold in the remaining four events-- men’s recurve singles, women’s recurve singles. men’s compound singles and women’s compound singles on Monday.
Earlier on Saturday, Bangladeshi athletes earned three more gold medals -- two in weightlifting and one in fencing -- on the 7th day of the 10-day seven-nation 13th Asian Games in Nepal.
Famed lifters Mabia Akhter Simanta and Jiarul Islam bagged two gold medals in weightlifting events of the games in Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara while Fatema Mujib clinched the first-ever gold medal for Bangladesh in women’s fencing at Kirtipur Covered Hall in Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.
Bangladesh’s athletes also clinched three gold medals in kumite events of karate of the 13th South Asian Games on Tuesday apart from Dipu Chakma’s gold in taekwondo on Monday.
Chinese star speed skater Wu Dajing, who injured his waist in Saturday's men's 500m final of the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating, entered the second 500m quarterfinals on Sunday but failed to make the next round.
Wu, the reigning Olympic champion in the distance, had been doubtful for Sunday's competition after he crashed at the final corner in Saturday's final and was then taken to hospital in an ambulance.
The 25-year-old Chinese had to settle for a silver in his signature 500m event in Shanghai.
Jarl Magnus Riiber and Joergen Graabak made a 1-2 finish for Norway in the men's individual event at the Nordic Combined World Cup race in Lillehammer, Norway on Saturday.
Riiber produced a 143-meter jump in the first discipline before compounding his advantage in a flawless cross-country race to win by 46.4 seconds.
Graabak fought off the challenges of two Germans, Fabian Riessle and Vinzenz Geiger, in a sprint finish to claim the silver. Riessle beat out Geiger by 0.1 seconds for third place.
With his 143-meter jump, Riiber already had a 30-second lead clear of the field at the start line for the second leg of the day. Riiber skied his usual controlled race and defended much of his advantage on his pursuers to claim another clear victory.
Riessle and Geiger had to be satisfied with the positions three and four, which marked a small comeback of the German team with Eric Frenzel completing a good team result of seventh.
Jens Luraas Oftebro finished in fifth and fastest skier Ilkka Herola crossed the finish line in sixth, a good result for the Finn, who had still been struggling a bit more with his performances on home ground in Ruka. Martin Fritz was eighth, Samuel Costa claimed ninth position for Italy and Thomas Joebstl of Austria completed the top ten.