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From Left to Right: Shovon Chowdhury, Asif Hossain Khan and Abdullah Hel Baki cheer after winning the gold medal in 10-metre air rifle group shooting event.


Ace shooter Asif Hossain Khan led Bangladesh to win the gold medal of the men’s 10 Meter Air Rifle team event taking Bangladesh’s gold tally to four at the National Shooting complex in Dhaka on Wednesday 03 February 2010.

However Asif finished second in the individual event scoring 694.4 while Imran Hasan Khan of India shot 697.3 to grab the gold medal. Shovon Chowdhury bagged the bronze scoring 690.3.Asif led the roster till the eighth shot of the individual event but faltered in the ninth totaling 6.5 that took the gold away from him.

Asif shot the highest 596 in the team event while his teammates Abdullah Hel Baki scored 591 and Shovon Chowdhury totaled 588 to compile 1775 that presented Bangladesh the expected gold medal of the event. Before the start of the games Bangladesh team management aspired to win the gold medals of both the mens and womens 10 M Air Rifle title and the shooters provided the country the opportunity to celebrate the success in consecutive days. Bangladesh womens team won the gold on Tuesday.

Indian team comprising Imran Hasan Khan, Satyender Singh and Dhirender Singh Jamwal totaled 1764 with scores of 594, 588 and 582 respectively to win the Silver. Tikaram Shrestha with the score of 578, Chanas Rai totaling 574 and Krishna Bahadur Ghorasaeni shot 567 to sum up 1719 that provided the bronze medal to Nepal.

Asif however was repenting for losing the individual gold. ‘I apologize to the country for failing to win the individual gold, I was always confident of finishing at the top but a sudden loss of concentration made all the difference’ said Asif.

Asif looked forward to achieve the feat. ‘What I can say that it is a new beginning for me and I pledge to train hard for the future glory, I will try my best to lift the national flag in the future meets’ said Asif.

Shovon Chowdhury the 17 year old sensation also was ecstatic with the feat. ‘It is great motivation for me now I can look forward to win more in the upcoming days’ said Shovon.

Abdullah Hel Baki was also relishing the moment. ‘Winning the gold in the own yard have a feelings that is unmatched, we dedicate the feat to our family and to our countrymen’ said Baki.





Source: The Daily Star, February 3, 2010

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