KATHMANDU The athletes of Bangladesh achieved more success than the expectation in the just concluded 13th South Asian Games.
Bangladesh made history by achieving 19 gold medals, the new record in the SA games history, surpassing their previous 2010 SA Games where Bangladesh won 18 gold medals.
Bangladesh's most successful event in this edition was archery. The archers
made the new record by winning 10 gold medals in the event.
In the archery events, Bangladesh men's recurve team comprising of Ruman
Shana, Mohammad Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel bagged gold medal in the
men's recurve team of archery beating Ravien Kavisha Dalpatadu, Sajeev De
Silva and Kumara Herath of Sri Lanka by 5-3 sets in the final.
Bangladesh women's recurve team comprising of Ety Khatun, Mehnaz Aktar
Monira and Beauty Roy beat Thisari Madushika Silva, Rehana Tayabally and
Malsha Dilhani of Sri Lanka in the women's recurve team event final by 6-0
sets to bag the second gold for the country on the day.
Thereafter, Bangladesh recurve mixed team comprising Mohammad Ruman Shana
and Eti Khatun beat Sonam Dema and Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 6-2 sets in
the final for the third gold.
The compound men's team comprising Sohel Rana, Ashim Kumar Das and Mohammad
Ashikuzzaman secured the gold beating Phuntsho Wangdi, Tandin, Dorji and
Karma Sherab of Bhutan 225-214 in men's compound team event final.
Bangladesh women's compound team comprising of Suma Biswas, Susmita Banik
and Shyamoli Roy bagged gold beating Anuradha Karunarante, Harshani Shalika
and Damayanthi Thakshila of Sri Lanka 226-215 in the women's compound team
Bangladesh in the compound mixed team comprising Sohel Rana and Susmita
Banik won gold beating Lmayung Rai and Sanatah Malla of Nepal 148-140 scores
in the final.
In the individual events of archery, Bangladeshi archer Suma Biswas won
gold in the women's compound singles beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri
Lanka by 142-134 scores.
Sohel Rana bagged gold in men's compound singles beating Tandin Dorji of
Bhutan by 137-136 scores while Ruman Shana secured third gold beating Kinley
Tshering of Bhutan by 7-1 sets in men's recurve singles.
Eti Khatun won the gold in the women's recurve singles event beating Sonam
Dema of Bhutan by 7-3 set points in the women's recurve singles to raise
country's gold tally to 18, equaling the record of 2010 Games in Dhaka.
Bangladesh entered the new record as Bangladesh men's cricket team beat Sri
Lanka by seven wickets in the final.
In women's cricket, Bangladesh won their first-ever gold medal in the
history of the SA Games competition beating Sri Lanka by two runs in the
The Bangladeshi athletes also earned three more gold medals� two in
weightlifting and one in fencing.
In weightlifting event, Mabia Akhter Simanta and Jiarul Islam won gold
medals in weightlifting events while Fatema Mujib secured the first-ever gold
medal for Bangladesh in women's fencing event.
Earlier, Bangladesh won also three gold medals in Kumite events of Karate
while Dipu Chakma secured the first gold medal for Bangladesh in Taekwondo.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh have won a total of 138 medals including 19 gold, the
record in their history of SA Games, 32 silver and 87 bronze medals to finish
fifth in the table.
India dominated the top of the table with 312 medals, featuring 174 gold,
93 silver and 45 bronze medals while Nepal are second with 206 medals (51
gold, 60 silver and 95 bronze).
Sri Lanka are the third position securing a total of 251 medals with 40
gold, 83 silver and 128 bronze medals while Pakistan positioned with fourth
with 131 medals with 31 gold, 41 silver and 59 bronze medals.
Bottom ranked Maldives bagged five medals including one gold and four
India has topped every edition of the South Asian Games since its
inception in 1984.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)