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Shakil scores personal best, finishes 22nd

  • Published at 06:56 pm August 21st, 2018
Bangladesh shooter Shakil Ahmed Dhaka Tribune/Shishir Hoque

The other Bangladesh pistol shooter Mohammad Piash Hossain scored 547 to claim 37th position in the same event

Commonwealth Games silver-medalist, Bangladesh shooter Shakil Ahmed improved his score in the 10m air pistol from the same event at CWG, scoring 670 points to be placed 22nd out of 40 in the Asian Games 2018 at Jakabaring Shooting Complex in Palembang Tuesday.

Shakil earned Bangladesh silver in the 50m free pistol event at the CWG four months ago but competed in only the 10m air pistol event at the Asiad.

And he managed to score his personal best in an international event with Tuesday’s score.

Despite improving on his previous best, Shakil couldn’t be among the top 20, while his score of 663 at the CWG earned him a sixth-placed finish. 

Shakil expressed satisfaction with his performance.

After watching the final round of the same event where Indian shooter Saurav Chowdhury beat compatriot Matsudi to secure gold, Shakil said, “Our target was to reach the final round but still, this is my best performance. I scored 680 plus in the practice but it required game temperament to repeat such score here.

“If I could have done a little bit more on each of my shots, then I would have reached the final round. Everyone playing in the final round here won medals in the Olympics,” said Shakil, who scored 647 in the last South Asian Games two years ago and 669 in a competition in Germany last year.

Shakil added, “My ultimate target is the World Cup and I'm practising to reach that level. We are improving step by step. It will take time but if anyone can score 670 they can reach 680 anytime.”

Meanwhile, the other Bangladesh pistol shooter Mohammad Piash Hossain scored 547 to claim 37th position in the same event.  

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