Gold drought continues for Bangladesh in SA Games

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:37, Dec 07,2019


Bangladesh’s underwhelming show in the 13th South Asian Games continued, as they spent their third straight day without a gold medal in Nepal on Friday.

Bangladeshi athletes raked in a total of 14 medals, seven silver and seven bronze, on the sixth day of the ten-day event.

The day’s brightest moment for Bangladesh came in women’s 10-metre air pistol event, where Ardina Ferdous became the first Bangladeshi to win an SA Games medal in women’s pistol shooting.

Ardina scored 234.6 in the event, while India’s Shri Nivetha won gold with a score of 238.4. Bangladesh women’s team later won a bronze medal in the team event in Satdobato.

Golf was Bangladesh’s most successful event of the day, with the golfers winning four silvers in the discipline at the Gokarna forest golf resort in Kathmandu.

Mohmmad Forhad scored 278 to win silver in the men’s individual golf while Nepal’s Subash Tamang won gold with a score of 274.

In the men’s team event, Forhad, Mohammad Shahbuddin and Mohammad Shafik won silver with 856 points, while Nepal and Sri Lanka won the gold and bronze medals respectively.

In the women’s individual event, Jakia Sultana won silver with a score of 317, while the team of Jakia, Nasima Akhter and Sonia Akhter scored 639 to win silver in the women’s team event. In weightlifting, Rokeya Sultana and Shakayet Hossain won two silver medals for Bangladesh in Pokhara.

Rokeya lifted 155kg in the women’s 71 kg weight category while in the men’s 89kg category, Shakayet lifted 268kg.

In swimming, Faisal Ahmed won bronze in the men’s 1500m free-style event and Junaina Ahmed won bronze in the women’s 400m individual medley while the women’s kabaddi team beat Sri Lanka by 17-16 to win bronze.

In fencing, Mohammad Imtiaz, Iftekhar Alam and Mahima Akhter won bronze in their respective events.

In athletics, both Bangladesh men’ and women’s team finished fourth in the 400m relay race while the men’s handball team reached the semi-final after beating Sri Lanka by 34-13. They will face India in the semi-final today.

In archery, Bangladeshi archers fared well in qualification round, with Ruman Sana and Eti Khatun finishing first in men’s and women’s recurve events respectively.

Bangladeshi archers also topped the qualification rounds in the women’s compound single’s, men’s recurve team, recurve mixed doubles and in the men’s compound team events respectively in Pokhara.

Bangladesh currently stand fifth in the medals list with 68 medals, four gold, 17 silver and 47 bronze.

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