Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) - Two Bangladeshi archers –- Ashim Kumar Das and Susmita Bonik -- were eliminated from the compound men’s singles on the 3rd day of the World Archery Championship, a qualifying meet for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, at s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands on Wednesday.
In the elimination round-48 of the compound men’s singles, Ashim Kumar Das conceded 138-147 set points defeated against Adam Ravenscroft of Great Britain while Susmita Bonik conceded 134-137 defeat against Emily Hoim of Estonia.
Earlier, in the qualification round on Tuesday, Ashim Kumar Das was placed 80th among 139 participants scoring 690 while Susmita Bonik finished 60th among 98 competitors scoring 677.
Bangladesh men’s recurve team, consisting of Ruman Shana, Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel, which reached the round of 8 beating Spanish team by 5-3 set points on Tuesday, were scheduled to play Korea team consisting of Lee Woo Seok, Lee Seungyun and Kim Woojin on Wednesday evening.
Bangladeshi premier archer Mohammad Ruman Shana, who advanced to the round-16 in the men’s recurve singles on Tuesday, will face Ryan Tyack of Australia in the round of 16 on Thursday evening.
Earlier, Ruman Shana reached the round-16 defeating Angel David Alvarado Santin of Mexico by 6-2 set points in the 2nd round after beating Thomas Rufer of Switzerland by 7-1 set points in the first round.
Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB)- Bangladeshi premier archer Mohammad Ruman Shana advanced to the round-16 in the men’s recurve singles on the 2nd day of the World Archery Championship, a qualifying meet for Tokyo Olympics 2020, at the s-Hertogenbosch in Netherlands on Tuesday.
He will face Ryan Tyack of Australia in the round of 16 on Thursday.
Ruman Shana defeated Angel David Alvarado Santin of Mexico by 6-2 set points in the 2nd round after beating Thomas Rufer of Switzerland by 7-1 set points in the first round.
Two other Bangladeshi archers--Md Hakim Ahmed Rubel lost to Alexander Wise of Great Britain by 2-6 set points while Md Tamimul Islam lost to Steve Wijler of the Netherlands by 2-6 set points in the first round of the men’s recurve singles.
In the men’s recurve team, Bangladesh team consists of Ruman Shana, Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel reached the round of 8 of the meet beating Spanish team comprises of Pablo Acha, Miguel Alvarino Garcia, Daniel Castro by 5-3 set points.
Shana, Tamimul and Rubel will now take on Lee Woo Seok, Lee Seungyun and Kim Woojin of Korea in round of 8 match of the men’s team event on Wednesday.
In the recurve mixed team, Bangladesh team comprises of Mohammad Ruman Shana and Beauty Roy, also advanced to the round of 8 beating Artem Makhnenko and Inna Stepanova of Russia by 5-3 set points.
Bangladesh recurve mixed team will take on Sugimoto Tomomi and Takaharu Furukawa of Japan on Thursday.
Earlier, Bangladesh mixed team, comprises Ruman Shana and Beauty Roy, finished 23rd scoring 1311 points in the ranking round.
In the recurve women’s singles, Bangladesh archer Beauty Roy lost to Naomi Folkard of England by 5-6 set points in the first round.
Earlier, Beauty finished 68th among 152 archers in the ranking round scoring 635.
Dhaka, Jun 10 (UNB)- National Hockey players will join their 2nd phase training camp at BKSP in Savar on Tuesday for the Indoor Asia Cup Hockey 2019 scheduled for Bangkok from July 15-21.
Fifteen out of 34 players reported at the federation office on Monday while the rest of the players will join directly in the camp at BKSP.
BHF Joint Secretary Kamrul Islam Kismat, Treasurer Hazi Mohammad Humayan and BHF Executive Committee member Khawja Taher Latif Munna met with players and exchanged greetings on Monday.
Bangladesh team is expected to fly to Thailand on July 1 to join a 15-day preparation camp there ahead of the tournament.
Earlier, Bangladesh Hockey Federation picked 34 player initially for the training camp for the ensuing Indoor Asia Cup Hockey 2019.
Selected players are : Ashim Gope, Abu Sayeed Nippon, Biplab Kuzur, Al Amin Miah (GK), Imran Hasan Pintu, Khorshedur Rahman, Farhad Ahmed Shetul, Ashraful Islam, Kamruzzaman Rana, Shohanur Rahman Sabuj, Sarwar Hossain, Roman Sarkar, Nayeem Uddin, Fazle Hossain Rabbi, Rasel Mahmud Jimi, Pushkar Khisa Mimo, Milan Hossain, Moinul Islam Kawshik, Arshad Hossain, Mahbub Hossain, Deen Islam Emon, Sarwar Morshed Shawon, Shafiul Alam Shisir, Hasan Jubair Niloy, Mohammad Mohsin, Abed Uddin, Prince Lal Simanto, Rezaul Karim Babu, Mehdi Hasan, Taher Ali, Mohammad Rokin, Raju Ahmed Tapu, Al Nahian Shuvo and Sifat Ahmed.
Dhaka, Jun 10 (UNB)— Bangladesh finished 16th among 55 teams in the ranking round of the men’s recurve team event on the first day of the World Archery Championship, a qualifying meet for Tokyo Olympics 2020, that began at the s-Hertogenbosch in Netherlands on Monday.
Bangladesh men’s recurve team, consists on Roman Shana, Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel, scored 1997 to settle for the 16th place, will play the elimination round of 12 on Tuesday.
In the Recurve men’s team event on Tuesday, Bangladesh will take on Spanish team comprises of Pablo Acha, Miguel Alvarino Garcia, Daniel Castro, ranked 17th scoring 1990.
In the recurve men’s singles of the ranking round, Bangladeshi premier archer Mohammad Roman Shana finished 20th among 200 archers scoring 676, another Bangladeshi archer Mohammad Hakim Ahmed Rubel finished 59th scoring 662 while Mohammad Tamimul Islam finished 67th scoring 659.
Bangladesh archers will play in the elimination round of 48 on Tuesday.
In the recurve men’s singles on Tuesday, Roman Shana will play against Thomas Rufer of Switzerland, Md Hakim Ahmed Rubel will take on Alexander Wise of Great Britain while Md Tamimul Islam will face Steve Wijler of the Netherlands.
Thomas Rufer ranked 93rd scoring 313, Alexander Wise ranked 54th scoring 343 while Steve Wijler ranked 43rd scoring 336.
A total of 590 men’s and women’s archers from 88 countries from all over the world are taking part in the recurve and compound divisions of the meet that began Monday in the Netherlands.
A nine-member team including six archers and three officials are representing Bangladesh, reached Amsterdam on Saturday to take part in World Archery Championship 2019.
Among the six archers M Roman Shana, M Tamimul Islam and M Hakim Ahmed Rubel will compete in men’s recurve singles, men’s team and mixed team event while Beauty Roy will compete in the women’s recurve singles.
Asim Kumar Das and Susmita Bonik will take part in the men’s and women’s singles and mixed team event of the compound division.
If Bangladesh clinched the top-eight spot of the recurve division, they will be able to qualify for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic 2020.
Paris, June 10 (AP/UNB) — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.
A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?
That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.
"He stepped on me," Thiem said. "The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times."
No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport's surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.
"I can't explain my emotions," said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.
Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer's men's record of 20.
Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.
"I am not very worried about this stuff," Nadal said. "You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden."
Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn't solve Nadal.
"First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too," Nadal said. "He has an unbelievable intensity."
So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.
"Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row," Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.
"When you are constantly hit in the face," he said in Spanish, "you end up being hurt."
He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.
"It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path," said Nadal's coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, "and gaining a lot of confidence."
Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.
This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.
And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.
From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.
Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.
Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women's doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.
Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.
That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn't whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.
Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, "Ra-fa!" and "Do-mi!" — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.
Maybe this was going to be a long one.
But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.
By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem's side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.
"Almost everybody will tell you that he's one of the best volleyers of our game," Thiem said. "Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess."
Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.