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Athletes achieve more success in SA Games

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

final.

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

final.

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

silver medals.

India has topped every edition of the South Asian Games since its

inception in 1984.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)