Hosts Bangladesh showed sheer domination by winning six gold medals out of nine events in the maiden edition of the ISSF International Solidarity Archery Championship 2017 which concluded at Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium in the capital yesterday.
The finals of all nine events in both men's and women's section took place yesterday. Bangladesh archers reached the final of seven events and eventually came out as winners in six occasions. The hosts won one silver and two bronze to take their goal-tally to nine, more than any other participating nation. Malaysia, Saudi Arab and Iraq won one gold each while Nepal, Bhutan and Azerbaijan finished the tournament without a single gold. Bhutan, however, managed to win three silver medals.
Bangladesh's most prestigious medals came from Hira Moni in the women's individual recurve bow event. Hira defeated Ramozamova of Azerbaijan by 6-4 to grab the gold medal. Bangladesh's only losing finalist on the final day was Bonya Akter who lost against Iraqi archer Fatimah narrowly by 135-133 in the gold-medal deciding match of women's individual compound event.
Bangladesh women’s team comprising Beauty Roy, Shyamoli Roy and Radia Akter Shapla beat Nepal by 6-2 in the women’s recurve team event while Ruman Sana and Beauty pair defeated Bhutan with the same margin in the final of mixed doubles event. The men’s team comprising Roman Sana, Sanwar Hossain and Mohammad Tamimul Islam defeated Bhutan by 6-2 to take the gold in the men’s recurve bow team event.
In the men’s compound team event, Bangladesh’s Md Abul Kashem Mamun, Milon Molla and Nazmul Huda beat Malaysia archery team by 214-207 points to win gold. Abul Kashem and Sushmita Banik pair beat their Iraqi opponents in the final of the mixed compound event where Bangladesh and Iraq were the only two participants and directly played the final.
Prior to the tournament, Bangladesh targeted to win at least six gold medals out of total nine events.