Bangladesh's top archer, Ruman Sana, registered his career best score in the Recurve Individual event to finish first in the qualification round of the World Cup (Stage-1) in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
Ruman scored 681 out of 720 points, eclipsing his previous best of 677 points which came during the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, amid adverse weather conditions, informed assistant coach Ziaur Rahman over the phone.
After finishing on top among 60 participants, the 23-year-old archer secured direct entry to the pre-quarterfinal, where he will face the winner of the match between Thailand's Tanapat Pathairat and India's Sutradhar Swakirti.
However, teammate Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Emdadul Haque Milon finished 22nd and 35th with scores of 654 and 641 points respectively.
Ruman had grabbed 662 points to top the 3rd ISSF Solidarity Archery Championships' qualification round in Gazipur in February but eventually had to settle for a runners-up finish after losing to Thailand's Denchai Thepna. Therefore, Ruman will hope to perform well in the elimination round.
Meanwhile, their female compatriots were eliminated from the first round following poor performances in the qualification round at the same venue.
Diya Siddique lost by 1-7 sets to Hong Kong's Lam Shuk Ching Ada while Nasrin Akter suffered a 4-6 set defeat to India's Premilaben Baria. Beauty Roy also suffered an identical 4-6 set defeat to Chinese Taipei's Lin Shin-Ling.