Olympics Archery: Diya Siddique eliminated from recurve singles in shoot-off

Bangladeshi promising teen-age archer Diya Siddique was eliminated from the women’s recurve singles after making a brilliant fight in shoot-off stage of Tokyo Olympics ‘2020 Archery at the Yumenoshima Park Archery field in the Japanese capital Thursday morning.

Seventeen years old talented archer from Nilphamari District Diya lost to her much superior opponent Karyna Dziominskaya of Belarus by 5-6 set points in a nerve shattering ups and downs elimination round match of the women ‘s recurve singles amid huge appreciations from games lovers.

She made a good start beating her superior rival by 23-22 points in the first set, suffered 25-26 points defeat in the 2nd set, played 25-25 in the 3rd set, conceded 25-27 defeat in the 4th set and earned a 27-25 victory in the 5th set to tie the match 5-5 set points.

Later, in the match fate-deciding shoot off, Diya, miserably was eliminated from the event in the very first attempt scoring 9 points against her opponent’s score of 10 points.

After the day’s match, three Bangladesh athletes out of six –archer Ruman Shana, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki and Diya Siddique — completed their Olympics assignments.

Three Bangladesh athletes– swimmers Ariful Islam and Junaiyna Ahmed and athlete Jahir Raihan now in Tokyo as their events are yet to start.

Two Bangladeshi swimmers will compete in the heats of their respective 50- meter freestyle on Friday (July 30) while the lone athlete will contest in heat of the 400-meter run on Sunday (August 1).

Earlier, Bangladesh famed shooter Abdullah Hel Baki was eliminated from the qualification round of his favourite Men’s 10- meter Air Rifles of the Tokyo Olympics Shooting at the Asaka Shooting Range in the Japanese capital last Sunday.
He finished 41st among the 47 competitors of the event making a worse total score of 619.8.

Country’s celebrated archer M Ruman Shana was eliminated from round of 32 of the men’s recurve singles losing to his Canadian rival Duenas Chispin by 4-6 set points in a keenly contested match last Tuesday.

Ruman Shana smartly advanced to the round-32 of the event eliminating Tom Hall of Great Britain by 7-3 set points in the elimination round Tuesday morning.

In last Saturday, Bangladeshi archer Ruman Shana pairing with woman archer Diya Siddique lost to event’s gold medalist South Korean pair An San and Kim Je Deok in the round-16 of the mixed team event (mixed doubles) of Olympics.

Bangladeshi pair suffered 30-38 defeat in the first set, conceded 33-35 defeat in the 2nd set and eliminated from the event conceding a narrow 38-39 defeat in the 3rd and final set to Korean pair.

Earlier on last Friday, the two Bangladeshi archers made a total score of 1297 to finish 16th and qualifed for the round of 16 of the mixed team event as the last team.

Ruman Shana finished 17th among 64 competitors in the ranking round of recurve individual scoring 662 while Diya Siddique finished 36th among 64 participants in the ranking round making her career best score of 635.

Archer Ruman Shana directly qualified to compete in the Tokyo Olympics after winning the bronze medal in the recurve men ‘s singles of the Archery World Championship held in June, 2019 while Diya Siddique earned opportunity to complete in the Olympics after getting a wild card.

The Bangladeshi pair Ruman Shana and Diya Siddique earlier played in the mixed team event final of the Archery World Cup Stage 2 held in Lausanne, Switzerland last May.

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