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History written in Gold

Published : Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 238
Mahtab Uddin

Bangladeshi archery team at the South Asian Games. 	Photo: BOA

Bangladeshi archery team at the South Asian Games. Photo: BOA

The athletes from Bangladesh made an epoch clinching their highest 19 gold medals in the ongoing South Asian Games in Nepal this year. Their previous maximum gold tally was 18 and that was achieved at the event in 2010 in Dhaka.
However, what the archers in those red and green elegant outfits did in the 2019 SA Games was indeed outstanding. Bangladesh archers amazed all clinching all the ten gold medals of the discipline. It was undoubtedly a great feeling and a matter of pride for any sports personality of the country.
SA Games is dubbed as the Olympics of South Asian countries where all the neighbouring countries try to show the best
sporting skills. The local athletes with bow and arrow uphold the name of the country there.
A few years back, none could think that Bangladesh was to win any medal in archery and now the Ruman-Tamimul-Ety and co made all to think differently. As a matter of fact, Bangladesh archers proved their competence standing top in all the events of Archery discipline and the fact that athletes in any discipline can do well with regular training, good planning and proper implementation.
The last Sunday was actually a day wrapped in gold for Bangladesh as the athletes secured seven gold medals on the day. Out of seven-gold, the archers alone clinched six pieces then. But, the story of success was yet to get the final touch as the final matches of four individual events were remaining. Those heroes with bow and arrow finished the story securing the remaining gold medals as well.
Besides, Bangladesh Karatekas secured three gold medals while Weightlifters and Cricketers brought two while Taekwondo players and Fencers confirmed one each.
On Monday, country's ace archer Ruman Shana placed top in Men's Recurve singles outplaying Bhutan archer Teserang in 7-1 sets while Sohel Rana bagged gold in Men's Compound singles beating his Bhutanese rival by 137-136 scores. Ety Khatun defeated Bhutan challenger Dema Sonam by 7-3 points in the final of Women's Recurve singles to secure a gold while Suma Biswas became champion in Women's Compound singles winning over her Lankan rival by 142-134 scores in final.
Earlier on Sunday, Bangladesh woman cricketers beat Sri Lanka by 2 runs to clinch the champions title. Ruman Shana, Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel, on the same day, became champions in men's Recurve teams' event while Ety Khatun, Mehnaz Akter Monira and Beauty Akter stood top in women's Recurve teams' event. Ruman Shana and Ety Khatun overpowered the Bhutanese in 6-2 sets in the final of Recurve mixed team event.
Archer Sohel Rana, Asim Kumar Das and Ashikujjaman became champions in men's compound teams' event and Sushmita Banik, Suma Biswas and Shyamoli Roy clinch women's compound teams' title. Sohel Rana and Sushmita Banik became compound mixed teams' champions.
On December 7, Weightlifter Mabia Aktar Simanta and Jiarul Islam clinched one gold medal each while Fencer Fatema Mujib secured one gold medal for Bangladesh in women's sabre individual of fencing discipline.
Before that, Karateka Mohammad Al Amin Hossain, Marjana Akter and Humaira Akther Antara Shefa won three gold medals for the nation on December 3. Before that, Taekwondo athlete Dipu Chakma brought the first gold for the nation in SA Games this year on December 2.
In the meantime, the woman cricketers have returned home with trophy on Monday and were greeted warmly. The other athletes will also be returning home over the few days.

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