Sports desk: Rokhsana Akter stole the final day’s show in the Second Islami Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) International Archery Championship when she stunned the favourite Fatimah Al Amsadani of Iraq to win the gold in the women’s compound individual event.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh finished on top with five gold, as many silver and one bronze medal as the four day championship concluded at Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium in the capital yesterday. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Estonia won one gold medal a piece.
Bangladesh, who won six gold medals in the 1st edition of the championship was also held in Bangladesh could not keep up the previous result as, they won five gold out of 10 events this time. But the result of Rokhsana Akter was a stunning one as she defeated
the champions of Youth World Championship gold medalist Fatimah.
Apart from Rokshana, Bangladesh also won gold in men’s compound individual and team event, women’s compound individual and team event and men’s recurve team event.
Rokhsana defeated Fatimah by 136-133 points in a closely contested women’s recurve individual final. Local girl Bonna Akter won the bronze in this event defeating Estonian Hoim Emily by 139-137.
Men’s Compound Individual: the final of this event was held among all Bangladeshi archers when Ashim Kumar Das defeated his compatriot Abul Kahem Mamun by 140-134 to win gold and the bronze went to Milon Mollah, when defeated Waleed of Iraq by 136-132.
In the women’s compound team event, Rokhsana Akter, Ritu Akter and Bonna Akter won gold after defeating their Moroccan opponents by 216-152.
Bangladesh also claimed gold medal in the men’s compound team event, Ashikuzzaman, Ashim Kumar and Abul Kahsem Mamun defeated Iraqi archers by 225-205 in the final.
In the men’s recurve team event, Bangladesh’s Ruman Sana, Tamimul Islam and Ibrahim Sheikh defeated Nepal by 5-1 set to win gold.
Rokhsana, about her outstanding performance in the final against the stronger opponents said, “I am very much happy to win the gold, coaches worked hard to train me, specially, Zia Bhai (coach) did a lot for me.”
“It is my second international gold, first one I won in the South Asian Archery Championship but it is something special.”
“Right now, I am not thinking about Olympic Games but I’m looking forward to SA Games,” Rokhsana said about her next mission.
Bangladesh coach Fredrick Martin in his mixed reaction after the competition said, “Not so happy with some matches. Some situation was very hard, wind, no excuse, they have to work with that. Recurve mixed team was tight and we lost that, so for that, I’m happy for the five gold, of course, and also little sad to miss those. For Ruman Sana, the last event was very hard.”
About Rokhsana, Fredric said, “In the qualification round she was not good but bounced back well in the semifinal and the performance was international level.”
About Ruman Sana conceding defeat to Saudi Arabia, Fredrick said, “Ruman did very poor in the final, we try hard to train but in the final he could not perform. It is also a mental game, it will take time to prepare them fully.”
Gold medalist Ashim Kumar in his reaction said, “I want to continuity my success in future and want to do something for the country.”