SA Games triple gold medallist Ruman Sana continues to struggle to get back to form as the Bangladesh Ansar's archer finished sixth in recurve qualification round of Bangabandhu 12th National Archery Championships at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
Ruman, whose best score is 686 points set in 2019 SA Games in Nepal, yesterday scored only 644 points. The top place finisher Ram Krishna Saha, who had beaten Sana in the semifinals of the last edition of national archery championship in December, 2019, scored 657 points. Sakib Molla finished second with 654 points.
Following a long break due to the pandemic, world's 15th-ranked recurve archer Ruman had failed to shine in December's Victory Day competition as he had managed only a bronze medal. His team also struggled to be among the top three teams in the BAF Archery League last month.
Not only Ruman, national archers such as Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel also frustrated by finishing third and seventh among 68 competitors at the seaside city.
In women's compound qualification round, Roksana Akter of Bangladesh Army scored an impressive 690 points, surpassing her previous best by 14 points while her teammate Susmita Banik and Tania Rima scored 671 and 666 points to finish second and third respectively.
SA Games gold medallist Suma Biswas finished fifth in qualification round with a score of 662 points.
The elimination round will get underway today.