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Perfect 10 for archers

  • Published at 11:26 pm December 9th, 2019
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With a day still left in the Games, Bangladesh has now set a new national record for gold medals with a total 19 at this edition, so far

Bangladesh has bagged all ten gold medals in the archery events of the 13th South Asian Games, following up six gold medals in team events on Sunday with four individual titles at the Pokhara Stadium in Nepal Monday.

The country has never before swept all the events of a sport at the SA Games. 

With a day still left in the Games, Bangladesh has now set a new national record for gold medals with a total 19 at this edition, so far.

Ruman Shana and 14-year-old Ety Khatun clinched the gold medals in the men's and women's recurve individual events, while Md Sohel Rana and Suma Biswas won the men's and women's compound individual gold medals.

The 10 gold medals means archery has now overtaken shooting as the sport in which Bangladesh has won the most gold medals in a single edition of the games. At the SA Games 1993 in Dhaka, shooters won seven gold medals for the country. 

Ety has now become the first female Bangladeshi athlete to win three gold medals at a single edition of the games, with golds in the women’s and mixed recurve team events on Sunday to go along with her women's recurve individual gold yesterday. 

Previously, shooter Sharmin Akter Ratna and karateka Jaw-U-Prue had won double golds in Dhaka 2010, and swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila also won two gold medals in Shillong and Guwahati in 2016. Swimmer Mosharraf Hossain holds the national record for most gold medals at a single edition with five in 1985.

It was Suma Biswas who won the first gold of the day, beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka 142-134 in the women's compound individual final. 

"I didn't expect to win gold because I couldn't train well due to my exams. This is also the first time I have won gold at an international tournament," she said.

Md Sohel Rana defeated Tandin Dorji of Bhutan 137-136 in the men's compound individual final to win the next gold. 

The 23-year-old said: "I have never won a gold medal before, even in national competitions. Ruman's success inspired me, and I also worked hard to reach that level. I am very happy today."

Ety bagged her first international  individual gold medal after beating Dema Sonam of Bhutan 7-3 sets in the women's recurve individual final. 

"I couldn't sleep well last night after winning the two team golds. But the individual event is my main event, and I had set my main target on it," The 14-year-old said.

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

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

Bangladesh won a total 12 medals in the last three editions, without any golds. This time, India, Pakistan and Maldives did not participated in archery. A total 58 archers from four other countries took part in the archery events at the Games.

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