Archers revive Bangladesh’s medal hopes

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:25, Aug 21,2018


A file photo of Bangladesh archery team. Courtesy photo

Archers revived Bangladesh’s medal hopes in the Asian Games on Monday as both men’s and women’s team qualified for the final round in recurve event in Jakarta.

In the men’s recurve Bangladesh’s Ruman Shana finished third out of 79 archers while Ibrahim Sheikh Rezwan also moved to the next round.

In the team event, Bangladesh finished seventh out of 19 teams to qualify for the next round.  

All three women’s recurve archers also qualified while Bangladesh’s 13-year old Eti Khatun qualified for next round as the youngest archer of the Asian Games history. 

Bangladesh were disappointing in most other events.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Shakil Ahmed scored 570 to be placed 22nd among 40 shooters in 10-metre air pistol event.

In men’s 50-metre free style, Mahfizur Rahman Sagar finished sixth among six in his respective heats.

Bangladesh’s only other success on the day came in men’s kabbadi when they beat Sri Lanka by 29-25 points.

Kabbadi team in Asian Games
An action of Asian Games men’s kabaddi match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Jakarta on Monday.  Courtesy Asian Games website

Bangladesh women’s kabaddi team, which won bronze medals in the last two editions, lost their third consecutive matches, this time to South Korea by 52-25 points.

In women’s wrestling, Bangladesh’s Sherin Sultana was eliminated by Feng Jhou of China in 68kg free style.

Due to absence of Hong Kong, Bangladesh got walkover in beach volleyball.

After the failures of shooters and women’s kabaddi team Bangladesh, who sent 118 athletes in the Games, were staring at the prospect to finishing the Games for the first time without any medal in 36 years.

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