Athletes continue their dismal show

Hockey team suffers crushing defeat

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 25,2018


Bangladesh’s Mabia Aktar (L) takes part in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event while Malaysia’s Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (C). — AFP photos

Bangladeshi athletes were yet to produce any notable performance in the ongoing Asian Games with most of the athletes ended their campaigns empty handed.
After spending a medal less first six days, Bangladeshi athletes continued their disappointing show on the seventh day on Friday as well.
Bangladeshi shooters failed to produce any eye-catching display after both men’s and women’s kabaddi teams had been eliminated from the group stage in the first six days.
After claiming two back-to-back wins against Oman (2-1) and Kazakhstan (6-1), Bangladesh hockey team suffered their first defeat of the Games when they lost to Malaysia 0-7 in their third Group B match on Friday.
Despite the defeat, Bangladesh still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time in the history if they can beat Thailand and Pakistan respectively on August 26 and 28 in their last two group matches.
Bangladesh started the game against Malaysia in a confident manner as they kept their net intact in the first quarter.
But the charges of Gobinathan Krishnamurthy looked helpless in the last three quarters against a team who are much superior to Bangladesh in terms of strength and technique.
Abd Rahim Muhammad put Malaysia ahead in the 18th minute converting a penalty corner before he doubled the lead four minutes later from another penalty corner.
Muhammad Amirol Aideed scored in the 28th minute to give Malaysia a 3-0 lead after the first two quarters.
Bangladesh conceded three more goals in the third quarter with Saari Faizal, Huizen Joel and Mohammad Noor Nabil scoring one goal each in the 31st, 38th and 44th minute respectively.
Ashari Muhammad completed the rout with a last minute strike.
In weightlifting, Mabia Akter Simanta finished sixth out of six participants in the women’s 63-kg weight category.

Bangladesh’s Md Mamunur Rahman Chayan (R) compete for the ball during the men’s hockey Pool B match of the Asian Games in Jakarta on Friday. — AFP photos

Simanta, the gold medal winner in the 2016 South Asian Games, lifted a total of 178-kg including 77-kg in snatch and 101-kg in clean & jerk.
Bangladesh’s archers, however, put some decent performances in the recurve mix team event but their performances were not enough to take them to any medal contention.
In the recurve mixed team event, Ruman Shana and Nasrin Akter, were eliminated from the quarter-finals following a 1-5 defeat against Japan’s Furukawa Takaharu and Sugimoto Tomomi pair.
Earlier, Shana and Nasrin beat Kazakhstan in the round of eight after being ranked 12th in the ranking round with a total score of 1,287 points.
In the compound mixed team event, the pair of Ashim Kumar and Roksana Akter pair was eliminated from the round of eight after losing to Philippines.
In the women’s 50-metre freestyle swimming event, Bangladesh’s Khadiza Akter finished 28th out of 31 participants with the timing of 31.96 seconds.

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