Mohammad Ruman Shana and Roksana Akter ranked top in the qualification round of their respective events at the 2nd ISSF International Solidarity Archery Championship that began at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.
Ruman scored a total of 666 points in the recurve men's qualification round while Roksana scored 676 in the compound women’s event. Archery coach Mohammad Ziaul Hoque informed that the scores of Ruman and Roksana are improvements from the South Asian Archery Championship that was held at BKSP in Savar two months ago.
Mohammad Tamimul Islam also improved his score and was ranked third with 647 to sit a place behind Binali Abdalelah of Saudi Arabia (652) while Ibrahim Sheik Rezowan (620) and Sojeb Sheik (619) were placed 10th and 11th respectively.
Bonna Aktar, Ritu Akter and Suma Biswas were placed from fourth to sixth with 659, 652 and 635 respectively in the compound women’s qualification round. The total score of Bangladesh compound women's team, comprising Roksana, Bonna and Ritu, in QF also put them directly in the gold-medal deciding match as there are only two more teams, Nepal and Morocco, contesting in the event.
The difference of 336 with second-placed Morocco almost confirmed the host a gold medal in the event.
A total of 74 archers from 18 countries are taking part in the four-day long event that has become an annual world ranking tournament from the running edition. Six out of a total of 10 golds were won by Bangladesh in the inaugural edition.
Led by German coach Martin Frederick, Bangladesh have the highest number of participants (16), including eight males and as many female archers. Iraq have the second highest athletes with 10. The qualification round of the recurve women’s and compound men’s events will be held today, followed by the elimination rounds.
State Minister for Youth and Sports, Biren Sikder inaugurated the event as the chief guest while Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary general Syed Shahed Reza and ISSF secretary general Mohammed SM Algarnas graced the occasion as special guests.