Bangladeshi shooter Umme Zakia Sultana Tumpa failed to add another medal to her country’s name when she missed bronze medal by a whisker in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event of Commonwealth Games in Brisbane on Monday.
Bangladesh clinched their first medal of the ongoing Games when shooter Abdullah Hel Baki retained his silver medal in the men’s 10-metre air rifle event a day earlier.
Tumpa, a 25-year old shooter from Lalmonirhat, finished fourth when she lost her nerve in the last moment.
Earlier, Tumpa started the day by producing a surprising performance to qualify for the final-eight with a total score of 410.5 points to be placed sixth.
In the final competition, Tumpa kept her in the medal race till the seventh series out of 10 but she scored just 18.3 points (9.2 and 9.1) in the last two shots and was eventually ruled out medal contention.
Martina Lindsay of Singapore managed the gold medal beating Mehuli Gosh of India in the shoot-off while Glasgow Games’ gold medallist Apurvi Chandela managed bronze.
Tumpa, a former student of BKSP now playing for Dhaka Rifle Club, however, was satisfied with her performance in her first appearance in Commonwealth Games.
‘I never played at such level before,’ Tumpa told New Age.
‘Playing in Asian Games or Commonwealth Games is always a dream for any athlete. I made the finals, which I thought I would never do, and this is why this result made me content.
Tumpa, who was a member of bronze medal winning Bangladesh team in the women’s 10-metre air rifle of the 2016 South Asian Games, was selected for the national team after winning gold medal in last year’s National Championships.
Though Tumpa started her shooting career in 2008, she only got a chance in the national team in 2016.
‘I played in two World Cups but failed to produce any good result,’ said Tumpa.
Bangladesh’s Danish rifle coach Klavs Christensen also admitted that he didn’t expect such good performance from Tumpa.
‘Actually it was surprising for me to see Tumpa qualifying for the finals and becoming fourth,’ Christensen said.
‘I’m really happy what she did in her very first appearance in the Commonwealth Games because she had to compete with some strong shooters from other countries,’
Syeda Atkia Sultana Disha, the gold medallist in the mixed event of the 10-metre air rifle in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, finished 10th out of 18 shooters in this event.
Meanwhile, South Asian Games gold medallist Shakil Ahmed also made the final-eight in the men’s 10-metre air pistol event but failed to create any medal hope when he finished sixth while Anowar Hossain became 13th out of 24 shooters in this event.
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