Abdullah Hel Baki finished 19th out of 44 participants, scoring a total of 618.4 points to get eliminated from the qualification round of the men's 10m air rifle event at Jakabaring Shooting Complex in Palembang, Indonesia Monday
Abdullah Hel Baki is the two-time Commonwealth Games silver-medalist and the latest one was won in April this year but the circumstances and the outcome is different every time the leading Bangladesh shooter fires his rifle at the Asian Games. This time is no different either.
Baki finished 19th out of 44 participants, scoring a total of 618.4 points to get eliminated from the qualification round of the men's 10m air rifle event at Jakabaring Shooting Complex in Palembang, Indonesia Monday.
The 29-year old shooter had a good run during his first 50 shots but a poor display in the 51st shot (8.6) put him out of the race. He struggled to get his confidence back, slowed his game and couldn’t recover from the setbacks.
National rifle coach Klavs Christensen was closely following Baki’s game standing from a parallel distance straight behind him. Before Baki was taking his final shot, the Danish rifle coach said, “That’s not good enough. We can do better.”
He added, “He should have been in the top 12. But this one shot changed everything. It’s difficult to recover from this bad a shot.”
While asking Baki what is the difference between competing in the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, he said, “Because China, South Korea and Japan participate in the Asian Games, but not in the CWG.”
Chinese shooter Yang Haoran finished top with 632.9 while South Korean Song Soojoo was placed second with 629.7. Christensen blamed a lack of participation in the international events as the reasons behind not performing up to the mark in such a competition.
“More shooters need lots of competitions like this to learn how to deal with such an event. Unfortunately we are not going to enough competitions,” he said.
Baki admitted, “I scored 625 during the practices back home. But competing here is a lot different than practice. I don’t know what happened in the 51st shot. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
“Game temperament is very important. I have been playing shooting for seven-eight years. Still, when I come to the Games, it seems like it’s new to me. I play only one or two tournaments every year while everyone participating here came here after playing in a competition in Germany. Then everyone will go to South Korea from here for the World Championship. But I can’t go.”
Meanwhile, other rifle shooter Risalatul Islam was placed 29th with 614.3 in the same event. Ummey Zakia Sultana and Sharmin Akter Ratna were also eliminated from the women’s 10m air rifle event qualification round after being placed at 25th and 34th with 612.6 and 609.7 respectively.