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SAG2019: Perfect ten for the archers

  • Published at 10:20 am December 9th, 2019
Archers with Gold medal
The Bangladeshi archers who swept all 10 gold medals in the discipline at the SA Games 2019 in Nepal

Bangladesh bagged all ten gold medals in the archery events of 13th South Asian Games including four individual title at the Pokhara Stadium in Nepal on Monday

Bangladesh bagged all ten gold medals in the archery events of 13th South Asian Games including four individual title at the Pokhara Stadium in Nepal on Monday while setting a number of records with just a day left in the region's biggest sporting extravaganza.

Ruman Shana, Ety Khatun clinched gold in the men's and women's recurve individual events while Md Sohel Rana and Suma Biswas won men's and women's compound individual gold respectively after bagging all six gold from as many recurve and compound team and mixed events the previous day.

Archery has toppled shooting, which won seven gold in 1993 Games in Dhaka, to win highest gold medal in a single edition of the Games. Bangladesh also never finished on top in every events of a sport.

Ety also became the first female athlete from the country to win three gold medals in a single Games. The 14-year-old bagged two team gold medals in women's recurve team and recurve mixed team events Sunday.

Shooter Sharmin Akter Ratna and karateka Jaw-U-Prue won double gold in Dhaka 2010 and swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila also won two gold in Shillong and Guwahati 2016. Overall, swimmer Mosharraf Hossain hold the record of winning highest five gold medals in 1985.

It was Suma Biswas who won the first gold of the day beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka by 142-134 points in the women's compound individual final. She said, "I didn't expect to win gold because I couldn't train well due to degree final exam. This is also the first time I won gold in international tournament."

Md Sohel Rana defeated Tandin Dorji of Bhutan by 137-136 points in the men's compound individual final to win the next gold. The 23-year-old said, "I never won a gold even in the national competition. Ruman's success inspired me and I also worked hard to reach that level. I'm very happy today."

Ety bagged her first international  individual gold medal after beating Dema Sonam of Bhutan by 7-3 sets in the women's recurve individual final. The 14-year-old said, "I couldn't sleep well last night after winning two team gold. But individual event is my main event and I set my main target on it."

In-form archer Ruman, who earned direct qualification for the next Olympics, won the 10th and last gold after beating Bhutanese archer Kinley Tshering by 7-1 sets in the recurve men's individual final.      

"I didn't expect ten golds. I thought we would win six or seven gold medals. It was beyond the expectation. It is more pleasing to win gold with everyone together." said Ruman who bagged recurve team and mixed event gold the previous day.

Bangladesh won a total 12 medals in the last three editions but without any gold. This time, India, Pakistan and Maldives have not participated in archery. A total 58 archers from four other countries have taken part for 10 gold-medal events in the ongoing Games.