Bangladesh team created a history securing a record 14 gold medals in the regional games outside the country with all the six archery gold medals bagged on Sunday in the seven-nation 13th South Asian Games at Pokhara Stadium, Nepal.
Earlier, Bangladesh secured their highest seven gold medals in the games outside the country in the Madras Games in 1995.
This is 2nd highest record of winning gold in the games after clinching 18 gold medals in the Dhaka Games in 2010.
Bangladeshi archers brought the glory for the country as they clinched all the six gold medals—men’s recurve team, women’s recurve team, mixed recurve team, compound men’s team, compound women’s team and compound mixed team in the games archery.
Bangladesh never won a gold medal in the South Asian Games Archery since their participation in the regional games in Colombo 2006, in Dhaka 2010 and in Guwahati in 2016. Bangladesh previous best performance in the SA Games Archery was the three silver medals in Guwahati in 2016.
Apart from the day’s six gold medals in Archery, Bangladesh women’s cricket team also clinched their first-ever gold medal in the women’s cricket of the games beating Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh men’s recurve team comprising of Mohammad Ruman Shana, Mohammad Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel clinched the day’s first gold medal in the men’s recurve team of archery beating Ravien Kavisha Dalpatadu, Sajeev De Silva and Kumara Herath of Sri Lanka by 5-3 sets in the final.
Bangladesh women’s recurve team comprising of Eti Khatun, Mehnaz Aktar Monira and Beauty Roy beat Thisari Madushika Silva, Rehana Tayabally and Malsha Dilhani of Sri Lanka in the women’s recurve team event final by 6-0 sets points to bag the 2nd gold for Bangladesh on the day.
Besides, Bangladesh recurve mixed team comprising of Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun beat Sonam Dema and Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 6-2 set points in the final for the third gold.
Like recurve division, Bangladesh also continued their success in the compound team events.
Bangladesh compound team comprising of Md SohelRana, Ashim Kumar Das and Mohammad Ashikuzzaman secured the gold beating Phuntsho Wangdi, Tandin, Dorji and Karma Sherab of Bhutan by 225-214 scores in men’s compound team event final.
Bangladesh women’s compound team comprising of Suma Bishwash, Susmita Banik and Shyamoli Roy bagged gold beating Anuradha Karunarante, Harshani Shalika and Damayanthi Thakshila of Sri Lanka by 226-215 scores in women’s compound team final.
Bangladesh compound mixed team comprising of Sohel Rana and Susmita Banik clinched the day’s last gold beating Lmayung Rai and Sanatah Malla of Nepal by 148-140 scores in the compound mixed team final.
Bangladeshi archers will also battle for the gold in the remaining four events– men’s recurve singles, women’s recurve singles. Men’s compound singles and women’s compound singles on Monday.
Earlier on Saturday, Bangladeshi athletes earned three more gold medals — two in weightlifting and one in fencing — on the 7th day of the 10-day seven-nation 13th Asian Games in Nepal.
Famed lifters Mabia Akhter Simanta and Jiarul Islam bagged two gold medals in weightlifting events of the games in Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara while Fatema Mujib clinched the first-ever gold medal for Bangladesh in women’s fencing at Kirtipur Covered Hall in Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.
Bangladesh’s athletes also clinched three gold medals in kumite events of karate of the 13th South Asian Games on Tuesday apart from Dipu Chakma’s gold in taekwondo on Monday.