Sports desk: South Korea retained the top spot in the medal table of the 20th Asian Archery Championship which concluded at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday. Korea won 14 medals including eight gold, four silver and two bronze followed by India who stood second winning six medals with two gold, three silver and one bronze. Out of ten gold medals, Korea bagged eight while the rest two went to India.
Korea dominated in the recurve men and women individual, compound women individual, recurve men’s team, recurve women’s team, recurve mixed team, compound men’s team, compound mixed team to win eight gold medals. Apart from the favourites Korea and India, Japan won four medals (two silver and as many bronze), Chinese Taipei one silver and as many bronze, China two bronze, Vietnam one bronze, Iran one bronze, Malaysian one bronze and Kazakhstan one bronze are the medal winners.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh finished with some impressive performance though the top favourites Ruman Shana disappointed failing to qualify in the quarterfinal but the women’s compound team earned the feat of qualifying in the semifinals while men’s compound and recurve teams also played in the quarterfinal phase.
However, the best result of Bangladesh archers in the 20th Asian Archery Championship in the women’s compound team event when Roksana Akhter, Bonna Akhter and Sushmita Bonik moved into the semifinal overwhelming the Chinese Taipei.
Roksana Akhter, Bonna Akhter and Sushmita Bonik scored 224 while Ju Chen Li, Huang L-Jou and Wu Ting-ting of Taipei scored 222.
It was a stunning result for the Bangladesh women when they eliminated the Chinese Taipei, to whom Bangladesh conceded defeat in the Asia Cup Stage 2 in the gold medal winning phase, though they could not make it to final and even could win bronze medal.
Bangladesh after the surprising result in the quarterfinal conceded defeat to India in the semifinal and suffered another defeat to Iran in the bronze winning competition.
Bangladesh coach Nishith Das very happy with the result of the archers when he said that their expectation was to qualify in the quarterfinals but the qualification in the semifinal (in the women’s compound event) was more than expectation.
Bangladesh’s women suffered defeat to India by 213-228 when they went down to Iran by 217-229 points.
Nishith, the Indian coach of Bangladesh team, who has been working for more than a decade (13 years) said about the big margin defeat to Korea in the semifinal and to Iran in the bronze medal competition said, “This was happened just due to lack of big match temperament. Our players do not have international exposure very often, as much as players have opportunity to play in the international level they will gain the temperament.”
In the women compound team event, India won the gold when Trisha Dev, Parveena and Jyothi Surekha scored 230, just three points better than their Korean rivals Bomin Choi, Song Yun Soo score 227. In the recurve women team event Bangladesh went down to favourites Korea when the Bangladesh women archers Rabeya Khatun, Nasrin Akhter and Radia Akhter Shapla conceded 5-1 to Korean Choe Ok Sil, Kang Un Ju and Ri Ji Hyang.
In other events of the day, Korea won gold in the recurve men’s team, recurve women team and compound men’s team.