Men's archers secured the second medal for Bangladesh on the day in the 22nd Teer Asian Archery Championship following the success of women's archers who created history by winning bronze medal for the first time in the championship, reports UNB.
On the fifth day of the ongoing championship, the Bangladesh team comprising Ruman Sana, Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Ram Krishno Shaha won bronze in the recurve men's teamevent beating Kazakhstan by 6-2 sets in the bronze deciding match.
Bangladesh earlier won medals at the archery World Cup and also qualified directly for the Olympics. But this time the archers of Bangladesh made history by winning medals for the first time in Asian archery.
Ace archer Ruman Sana said, "We are improving day by day. Each of our players has a plan to win a medal in a match but, we may not be as strong as Korea or India. We have become more confident since the arrival of coach Martin Federic. We are playing a lot of tournaments nowadays.”
“Earlier, I mentioned that this time we have the bright chance to win the medal and finally we have been able to fulfill the dream and achieved the goal. You know this is the first time we've won a medal, which is a big achievement for our sports arena."
The star archer further said, "We've played a lot of tournaments this year, so our confidence level has boosted. I have repeatedly said that the more matches you play, the more confidence you will have. We have able to reduce much nervousness while playing in the final stage. Playing more matches like this will increase the confidence level like India, Korea and we'll able to win medals from international tournaments."
Bangladesh however concluded the day with a losing note as Bangladesh archery team comprising Mohammad Ashiquzzaman, Newaz Ahmed Rakib and Mohammad Sohail Rana lost to India 223-235 in the bronze deciding compound men's team event.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh will fight for the gold in the mixed team event final against Korea to be held on 19 November at the same venue.