Bangladesh made a positive start in the Asian Archery Championship 2017 as the country's top-ranked archer Ruman Shana recorded his highest individual score in the international stage while Roksana Akter lifted the compound women's team to sixth place with her individual position of 13th in the qualification round at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.
World giant South Korea also began their campaign with a record feat as their archery trio Choi Bomin, So Chaewon and Song Yun-soo scored a total of 2108 points which is a world record in the compound women’s team event. The South Korean archers also finished top in every men's and women's recurve and compound events, followed by India on most occasions.
Ruman, who finished fifth in the last edition's recurve individual event in Bangkok, scored a total of 666 (335+331) points to be placed at 11th out of 79 participants in the qualification round which helped him seal an easier fixture for the elimination round starting today. Ruman informed that his previous highest score was 663 which he obtained at the Islamic Solidarity Games, adding that he scored "more than his expectation". Mohammad Tamimul Islam scored 650 points to be placed at 31st while Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Ibrahim Sheikh Rezowan were placed 41st and 65th with 638 and 601 points respectively.
Bangladesh compound women's archers were also off to a promising start in Asia's mega event with Roksana turning out to be the top performer with a total score of 684 (342+342) points to be placed at 13th out of 34 participants in the ranking round. Susmita Banik also had a decent start with 674 points while Bonna Akter and Bipasa Akter scored 664 and 531 points to be placed 26th and 34th respectively.
Roksana, Susmita and Bonna will play directly in the top 16 elimination round against the opponents of Vietnam, Chinese Taipei and South Korea. Susmita and Bonna have to face better ranked opponents while Roksana will play 20th-placed Le Phuong Thao.
Ruman and Tamim will also play directly in the 1/24 elimination round but the former will have comparatively lower-ranked oppositions until the top-eight elimination round, where he might face pre-seeded Mongolian archer Jantsan Gantugs tomorrow. Tamim may face second-placed South Korean archer Lee Woo Seok in the 1/16 elimination round.
Bangladesh recurve men’s team comprising the top three scorers were placed ninth out of 19 teams. The compound women's team, which finished seventh in the previous edition, were placed sixth out of seven teams, only ahead of Hong Kong.
Out of 50 participants in the compound men’s qualification round, Bangladesh archer Abul Kashem Mamun scored 569 points to be placed 22nd while Mohammad Nazmul Huda, Mohammad Milon Molla and Ehsan Ahmed were placed 32nd, 36th and 38th respectively. The compound men’s team were placed eighth, ahead of Iraq and Pakistan.
In the recurve women’s event, the host produced the poorest result where Nasrin Akter was the top scorer with 303 points to be placed at 41st while Beauty Ray, Rabeya Khatun and Radia Akter Shapla were placed 47th, 49th and 51st respectively out of 61 competitors. The recurve women’s team were placed 12th out of 14 teams.
Bangladesh's Indian coach Nisith Das looked content with the performance of his disciples. He said, "We have some expectation in the recurve individual event and Ruman played very well and performed upto expectation. Tamim and Ibrahim also performed well. Hopefully they will adapt to the condition soon and maintain consistency."