Country’s premier archer Ruman Shana on Friday added another feather to his cap by winning the gold medal in the recurve men’s individual event final of Asia Cup-World Ranking Tournament Stage-three Test Event defeating China’s Shi Zhenqi in the final in Clark City, Philippines on Friday.
Shana won the match by 7-3 set points to earn his third individual medal in an international competition in this year.
The 24-year old began the year with a silver medal in the 3RD ISSF International Solidarity World Ranking Arcery Championship in Dhaka in February and become the first Bangladeshi to win a medal in the World Archery Championship in June, winning a bronze medal in the Netherlands.
The podium finish in the World Archery also handed him a direct entry into the next year’s Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first Bangladeshi archer and second overall Bangladeshi athlete after golfer Siddkur Rahman to earn direct entry in the showcase event.
Shana bagged two more medals on the day, winning silver with Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel in the recurve men’s team event and a bronze with Beauty Roy in the recurve mixed team event.
Bangladesh men’s team lost the final to the Chinese team comprised of Xiangshuo Qi, Zhenqi Shi and La Ta by 5-3 set points to settle for the silver medal while the mixed team beat the pair of Yu-Chen Yeh and Zih-Siang Lin of Chinese Taipei by 5-1 set points in the bronze final.
Shana was ecstatic after his momentous win and credited his achievement to the extra hard work he has been putting in under the guidance of German coach Martin Frederick and support of the Bangladesh Archery Federation.
‘I got a gold medal, Alhamdulillah, I am so happy,’ Shana told reporters after winning the gold medal in Clark City.
‘I always follow my shooting timing and follow through and good shooting. So I always try to do the same thing like this. And also I found a good trainer and today was an example.
‘And also my coach, my federation, they have always helped me. Federation general secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol had also arranged some special training. My coach Martin supported me. After he came in Bangladesh team are day by day growing up better than before,’ he added.
Shana has now set his sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he was working harder than before to outdo himself in the biggest athletic extravaganza.
‘I am preparing for Olympic. So now I am working hard. Before I practiced six hours every day now I practice eight hours every day,’ Shana said.
The Bangladesh archery team are scheduled to fly back home on Monday.
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