After earning the right to participate in Tokyo Olympics directly on Thursday, Bangladesh’s best archer Ruman Sana ended his Hyundai World Archery Championships campaign on a high when the 24-year-old outplayed Mauro Nespoli of Italy by 7-1 set points in the bronze medal deciding match of men’s recurve event in Netherlands yesterday.
Ruman, who did not show much optimism for the tie against the No. 6 archer in the world, put an astonishing performance to take a 4-0 set points lead after winning the first two sets by 28-27 and 29-27 points. Nepsoli tried to stage a comeback as he tied the third set by 29-29 points.
With Ruman needing only one set point in remaining two sets, the lad from Khulna once again scored 29 against Mauro’s 27 to win the match by 7-1 set points.
Ruman, who had previously grabbed two gold medals on foreign soil in the First Asian Archery Grand Prix in 2014 and International Archery tournament in Kyrgyzstan in 2017, eclipsed those performances with a bronze medal win yesterday as he had to compete against 200 archers from 92 nations including top archery nations like South Korea, Netherlands, USA, China, Chinese Taipei and India.
This year, Ruman played two finals in ISSF Islamic Solidarity Archery Championships in Dhaka and Asia Cup (Stage-1) but he had to be content with silver medals.
He had earlier won two more silver medals from 2nd ISSF International Solidarity Archery Championships in 2018 and 3rd South Asian Archery Championship in 2018 held in Bangladesh.
Ruman and the other Bangladeshi archers are scheduled to return home tomorrow.