The Bangladesh archers are one step away from their tickets to the Tokyo Olympic Games as the men in red and green moved into the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s recurve team event in the Hyundai World Archery Championships in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands yesterday.
The 16th-ranked Bangladesh men’s recurve team, comprised of Ruman Sana, Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Tamimul Islam, handed a 5-3 defeat to Spain, ranked 17th, in the first round to set up a pre-quarterfinal clash against the top-ranked South Korea.
Bangladesh, who participated in the Archery World Cup semifinals in Shanghai in March, now need to create a bit of history against the giants of the archery World, South Korea, tomorrow to ensure a quarterfinal berth as well as a quota spot for the 2020 summer Olympics.
The Bangladesh recurve mixed team, featuring Ruman Sana and Beauty Roy, also advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with a come from behind 5-3 win over the 10th-ranked Russia. They will now face the 7th-ranked Japan tomorrow.
In the men’s recurve individual event, Bangladesh’s top archer, Ruman, won his first two matches to move into the third round. However, Rubel and Tamimul were eliminated from the first round.
Ruman, ranked 20th, first defeated Switzerland’s Thomas Rufer 7-1 in the first round before handing Mexico’s Angel David Alvarado Santin, ranked 45th, a 6-2 loss in the second round. Ruman will now face Australia’s Ryan Tyack, ranked 61st, in a third round match slated for tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Rubel and Tamimul frustratingly lost to the 54th-ranked Alexander Wise of England and 46th-ranked Steve Wijler of Netherlands respectively by an identical 2-6 set points.
In the women’s section, Beauty lost to England’s Naomi Folkard in tiebreakers in the first round of the recurve individual event following 5-5 set point draws in the five regulation sets.