Archer Prodipta stuns WC silver medallist

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:17, Jun 10,2021


Prodipta Chakma

Bangladeshi teenager Prodipta Chakma upset Archery World Championship silver medallist Mohamad Khairul Anuar, beating him by 6-4 set points in the pre-quarter-final of the recurve men’s single event of the Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament stage-one in Gwangju, South Korea, on Thursday.

The 15-year-old Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan archer defeated the experienced Malaysian, who has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by winning the silver medal in the World Archery Championship in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherland.

But Prodipto’s journey in the event ended in the quarter-final, where he lost to Japan’s Furukawa Takaharu by 6-2 set points.

Anuar had defeated Bangladesh’s ace archer and the eventual bronze medallist Ruman Shana in the semi-final of that tournament, before losing the final against Brady Ellison of the USA.

Both Anuar and Shana had confirmed their Olympics berth by reaching the quarter-finals of that tournament.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh recurve mixed team comprised of Prodipta and Rajoni Akter lost their semi-final tie against Japan’s Hayakawa Ren and Furukawa Takaharu by 0-6 set points.

Bangladesh compound men’s team and compound mixed team are scheduled to play their respective final against South Korean teams today.

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