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Archers inspire record 19 gold medals for Bangladesh

  • Published at 10:36 pm December 9th, 2019
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Earlier in the day, the archers took all four individual event gold medals to complete an unprecedented sweep of all 10 archery events and level the previous record

Bangladesh has achieved its highest ever gold medal tally in the 35-year history of South Asian Games, after the men's cricket team clinched the 19th gold by beating Sri Lanka in the final of the 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu Monday.

Earlier in the day, the archers took all four individual event gold medals to complete an unprecedented sweep of all 10 archery events and level the previous record. 

Ruman Shana and 14-year-old Ety Khatun clinched the gold medals in the men's and women's recurve individual events, while Md Sohel Rana and Suma Biswas won the men's and women's compound individual gold medals. Earlier on Sunday, Bangladesh took the gold medals at all six archery team events.

The 10 gold medals means archery has now overtaken shooting as the sport in which Bangladesh has won the most gold medals in a single edition of the games. At the SA Games 1993 in Dhaka, shooters won seven gold medals for the country. 

Ety has now become the first female Bangladeshi athlete to win three gold medals at a single edition of the games, with gold medals in the women’s and mixed recurve team events on Sunday to go along with her women's recurve individual gold Monday. 

Kathmandu and Pokhara 2019 has now exceeded Dhaka 2010, where Bangladesh had won a total 97 medals including 18 gold, 23 silvers and 56 bronzes.

In 2010, the gold medals were won in men's cricket, men's football, karate (4), shooting (3), taekwondo (2), wushu (2), boxing (2), golf (2) and weightlifting (1).

This time, Bangladesh has won 10 gold medals in archery, 3 in karate, 2 from weightlifting and 1 each from women's cricket, taekwondo and fencing. By Sunday, they had won 31 silver and 74 bronze medals.

The number of sports has increased from 23 to 26 this time, while the number of participants decreased as Afghanistan has shifted to the Central Asia zone.

India, who usually dominates the medal tally, has skipped five sports in the ongoing edition. However, they are still leading the medal tally with 138 gold medals, followed by Nepal (47), Sri Lanka (36) and Pakistan (30).