Bangladesh narrowly missed out on a spot in the final of the men’s recurve team event of the Hyundai Archery World Cup (stage 2) as they suffered a 3-5 set points defeat to Turkey in a semifinal match in Shanghai, China yesterday.
The boys in red and green will now duke it out against South Korea in the bronze medal deciding match on Sunday.
Bangladesh, comprised of Ruman Sana, Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Tamimul Islam, enjoyed a tremendous run in the men’s recurve team event, smiting one opponent after the other to come within arm’s reach of the final at such a major tournament. However, their dreams were eventually shattered by Turkey in a hard fought encounter.
Bangladesh, who defeated Belgium 5-4, Netherlands 5-3 and the mighty India 5-1 in the first three matches, made a brilliant start yesterday, tying the first set to have the scoreboard read 1-1. The boys in red and green then won the second set to take a 3-1 lead but after that, their performances took a downturn in what was a nerve-wracking semifinal.
Turkey bounced back to win the third set and level the score at 3-3 and the match could then have gone either way but Bangladesh failed to carry on with their good performance and lost the fourth set by scoring three less than Turkey’s 55 out of 60.
Although the Bangladesh men’s recurve team did perform well in the team event, they were not up to the mark in the individual event and were eliminated from the third round.
The country’s top archer, Ruman Sana, gave his might opponent, Sjef Van Den Berg of Netherlands, a run for his money but ultimately suffered a 4-6 defeat, despite staging a strong coming in the last three sets. Meanwhile, teenager Hakim Ahmed Rubel lost by 3-7 set points to Lee Seungyun even though he was leading in the the first two sets. Lee outplayed Rubel in the fourth and fifth sets to win the match.