ASIAN GAMES

Archers also fail to shine

Sprinter Taleb finishes 2nd from bottom

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Aug 26,2018 | Updated: 00:23, Aug 26,2018

 
 

Bangladeshi athlete Abu Taleb prepares to compete in the heat of the men’s 400m sprint event of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday. — AFP photo

Bangladesh’s final hope of earning a medal from the ongoing Asian Games was ended on Saturday when both the men’s and women’s archery teams were eliminated from the round of eight.
After the failure of the men’s and women’s kabaddi and shooting teams, who were eliminated from the group and qualification stages, all eyes were on the archers to produce something good for the country.
But on the eighth day of the Games, Bangladesh recurve men’s team, comprised of Ruman Shana, Emdadul Haq Milon and Ibrahim Sheikh Rezwan, lost to Mongolia by 2-6 sets after they were ranked seventh in the ranking round out of 19 teams.
Bangladesh women’s recurve team, comprised of Nasrin Akter, Ety Khatun and Beauty Roy also lost to Japan by 2-6 sets.
In the track and field event, Bangladeshi sprinter Abu Taleb finished 27th out of 28 participants in the 400-metre sprint heat.
Taleb took 50.97 seconds to finish his run and completed his respective heat at bottom place out of six participants.
Despite setting her personal best timing of 57.16 seconds, Bangladesh’s Sumi Akter could only finish 14th among 18 participants in the women’s 400-metre sprint event. Sumi became sixth in the heat number 3.
Her earlier personal best trimming was 57.20 seconds that she set in the last national meet.
In the men’s basketball 3x3 discipline, Bangladesh lost to Chinese Taipei by 8-21 margin.
Bangladesh men’s golf team comprised of Shomrat Sikder, Shahab Uddin, Shafique Bakha and Mohammad Farhad finished the third round in 16th place out of 20 teams with 52-over-par 234.
In the women’s golf, Bangladesh’s Soniya Akter and Liza Akter finished their third round with a total score of 61-over-par 159 to be placed 13th out of 15 teams.
Bangladesh bridge team was also eliminated from the qualification round after they finished their 13th round in 11th position out of 14 teams.
Bangladesh’s shooter Shabbir Ahmed became 28th in the men’s skeet event among 30 participants. Shabbir scored 58 points before being eliminated from the qualification round.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh men’s hockey team will face Thailand in their fourth Pool B match with the hope of earning their third win of the Games.
Bangladesh, who started the campaign with two back-to-back wins against Oman and Kazakhstan, suffered a huge 0-7 defeat against mighty Malaysia in their previous match.
However, the charges of Gobinathan Krishnamurthy were hoping to win their rest of two matches against Thailand and mighty Pakistan to advance into the semi-final for the first time in history.
The match will kick-off at 3:00pm Bangladesh Standard Time at the GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Elsewhere, Bangladesh Under-23 national football team was supposed to return to Dhaka on Saturday night after performing brilliantly in the group stage.
Bangladesh Under-23 team defeated Qatar and drew against Thailand to advance into the round of 16 for the first time in the Games’ history.
However, Bangladesh’s dream run came to an end when they lost 1-3 to last edition’s edition runner-up North Korea on Friday.

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