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Diya and Ruman reach top 16 to keep Olympics medal hopes alive

  • Published at 05:30 pm July 23rd, 2021

The pair which won Silver medal in the World Archery at Lausanne a couple of months ago continued their wonderful run

Bangladeshi archers Ruman Shana and Diya Siddiqui reached the round of 16 in the mixed team event of the archery in the Tokyo Olympic 2020 on Friday to keep the hopes of maiden medal in the history of the games for the country.

The pair which won Silver medal in the World Archery at Lausanne a couple of months ago continued their wonderful run as they beat higher ranked duos from Canada, Malaysia, Brazil and Moldova, among others, to book a ticket in the eliminations, where they will face the favourites in the first round.

“This is really amazing and a happy moment. At first, we were thinking it would be too hard for us. Finally, we’re in the 16th position, and it’s really awesome. We’re feeling so excited and so happy,” said Shana, the individual bronze medallist at the last world championships, to the World Archery website.

“We’re not worried about Korea. We’ll shoot normally and see what happens in the match,” added the poster boy of Bangladesh archery 

Korea, USA, Japan, Mexico, China, the Netherlands, Turkey, Chinese Taipei, India, ROC, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, France, Indonesia and Bangladesh made the cut after Friday's qualifying rounds.

The 16th seeds courtesy Ruman Shana’s 662 and Diya Siddique’s 635, Bangladesh was given a women’s universality invitation to these Games, upgrading their single men’s quota, which is what allowed the country to compete in this pairs event.

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Mixed teams are ranked on the combined total of their highest-scoring man and highest-scoring woman.

The mixed team event is making its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, bringing the total number of available archery medals to five.

Korea’s An San and Kim Je Deok, two young debutants at the Games, claimed the number one seed, having both topped the individual men’s and women’s qualifying rounds.

Seeds: Recurve mixed teams

Korea: An San/Kim Je Deok

USA: Mackenzie Brown/Brady Ellison

Japan: Yamauchi Azusa/Muto Hiroki

Mexico: Alejandra Valencia/Luis Alvarez

China: Wu Jiaxin/Wang Dapeng

Netherlands: Gaby Schloesser/Steve Wijler

Turkey: Yasemin Anagoz/Mete Gazoz

Chinese Taipei: Lin Chia-En/Tang Chih-Chun

India: Deepika Kumari/Pravin Jadhav

ROC: Ksenia Perova/Galsan Bazarzhapov

Italy: Chiara Rebagliati/Mauro Nespoli

Great Britain: Sarah Bettles/Patrick Huston

Germany: Michelle Kroppen/Florian Unruh

France: Lisa Barbelin/JC Valladont

Indonesia: Diananda Choirunisa/Riau Salsabilla

Bangladesh: Diya Siddique/Ruman Shana