Five Bhutanese recurve archers were eliminated at the end of day five of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The flag bearer for the Bhutanese contingent at the games, Karma, lost 3-7 to Tajikistan’s Zubaydova Firuza in the round of 32 knockouts at the Golera Bung Karno archery range yesterday.
Of the total five sets, the 28-year-old won one, drew one and lost three to her much-experienced opponent.
Sonam Dema managed to reach a step further. The 21-year-old defeated Thailand’s Phutdee Waraporn 6-4 in the round of 32 knockouts.
The archer, however, could not advance further into the competition when she was defeated 4-6 by Indonesia’s Choirunisa Diananda in the round of 16 knockouts.
In the men’s individual recurve category, Nima Wangdi and Kinley Tshering, were also knocked out in the round of 32 yesterday. Nima Wangdi suffered a straight set defeat 0-6 at the hands of Nepal’s Tilak Pun Magar. Kinley Tshering lost 2-6 to Edwar Alek from the host country.
Head coach with the recurve team, Tashi Tshering, said that the performance of the archers was below what they produced during the training. “They couldn’t maintain their practice scores. They could not perform as expected,” he said. “The weather was too hot for our players which I think could have affected their performance.”
He said that Karma, who was initially selected to play in the mix-recurve team, was replaced after she suffered an injury on her shoulder during the elimination round yesterday. Sonam Dema will replace Karma in the mix-team recurve competition today.
“We are expecting the men’s team and the mix-team to perform better than the individual archers,” said the coach.
Meanwhile, the lone golfer, Ugen Dorji, is eight shots behind the leader, Nakajima Keita, of Japan at the end of round one of the competitions that began at the Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club in Jakarta yesterday.
“Considering Ugen’s practice sessions, he did well in the first round,” said Phuntsho Gyaltshen, the official accompanying. “This time we should be doing better than our last Asian Games performance at Incheon.”
Ugen Dorji will compete against 87 golfers over four days at the Par 72 course located in South Jakarta.
In boxing, Samdrup Tshering will fight Nooristani Mohammad K from Afghanistan in the men’s light-weight (60kg) category today. In the men’s welter weight (69kg) category, Sangay Wangdi will take on Manoj Kumar of India.
Younten Tshedup | Jakarta