Hosts Bangladesh moved into the finals of three team events of the 3rd ISSF International Solidarity Archery Championships by beating their respective semifinal rivals at the Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi, Gazipur yesterday.
The three events -- compound men's team, compound women's team and recurve men's team -- had previously brought gold medals to Bangladesh in the second edition of the championships, held at the Maulna Bhasani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka last year.
Bangladesh compound men's team, comprised of Sheikh Sajib, Abul Kashem Mamun and Ashim Kumar Das, beat their Chinese Taipei counterparts 224-223 to set up a clash in the final against the mighty India, who beat Iraq 231-207 in the other semifinal.
In the compound women's team event Bangladesh, featuring Susmita Banik, Bonna Akter and Shamoli Roy, notched a massive 226-208 win over Iraq to also seal their place in the final against India, who defeated Turkmenistan 226-196.
In the recurve men's team event, Bangladesh, consisting of Ruman Sana, Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Tamimul Islam, followed in the compound team's footsteps to ensure a final berth by defeating Nepal by straight 6-0 set points. The hosts will now play the final against India, who beat Iran 5-4 in their semifinal encounter.
However, Bangladesh failed to reach the final of the recurve women's team event as they lost 2-6 to Iran, however, the side ensured the first medal of the championship by defeating Kyrgyzstan 6-2 to win the bronze medal.
Meanwhile, Iran won bronze in the recurve men's team event by thrashing Nepal 6-0 while Chinese Taipei and Iraq also won bronze medals in the compound men's team and compound women's team events, beating Iraq 232-216 and Turkmenistan 214-173 respectively.
The country's number one archer Ruman Sana became first in the recurve men's individuals qualification round by scoring 662 out of 720 points while Thailand's Thepna Denchai (656), Iran's Ashrafi Sadegh (655), Bangladesh's Hakim Ahmed Rubel (654) and India's Hooda Paras (649) finished second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
In compound women's individual qualification, Germany's Heigenhauser Kristina became first with 689 out of 720 points while India's Pragati (688), Isha Ketan (687), Sanchita Tiwari (685) and Gurjar Priya (684) finished second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.