Though there were high expectations on Ummey Zakia Sultana Tumpa to secure a medal at the Belmont Shooting Complex, she had to be content with a fourth place finish after an exciting final to the women's 10m Air Rifle event of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games yesterday.
Tumpa entered the eight-shooter final as the sixth qualifier with 410.5 points. She then scored 183.7 by the 18th shot, just before Seonaid Mcintosh of Scotland was eliminated from the round as the fourth placed shooter. She finished on 202 points after 20 shoots.
The 24-year-old could have won gold though as she was a mere 1.2 points behind the eventual silver medal winner Mehuli Gosh of India at the start of the 19th and 20th shots. The girl from Lalmonirhat needed to put up one of her best performances if she was to make up the deficit and enter medal contention but the national gold medallist fell agonisingly short as she hit below ten on both shots and finished on 202, exactly three points less than Gosh. Gosh lost the gold medal to Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore in a shoot-off after being tied on 247.2 points at the final round.
Had Tumpa averted elimination, she would have become the first Bangladeshi woman to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games where Bangladesh have won seven medals so far, including two gold's from men's events.
“I was optimistic till the last moment that I could make it [to a medal] but I hit badly in the last shots. But I am happy to come this far in my debut appearance at the Commonwealth Games,” Tupma told reporters after the round.
“Entering the eight-shooter final is something more to me because we are not far away from world class shooters. I think we can improve more by practising more and can fight against them equally,” said Tumpa, who previously participated in the Delhi World Cup and Asian Air Gun Championship but failed to qualify for the final rounds.
“I have learnt a lot from these Games and am looking forward to producing better results in the future by preparing myself,” she continued.
However, Tumpa allegedly did not receive any sort of mental support or encouragement from the coaching staff or officials throughout the competition.
Meanwhile, Syeda Atkia Hasan Disha finished 10th out of 18 shooters in the same event with a score of 407.4 points.
In the 10m air pistol event, SA Games gold medallist Shakil Ahmed finished sixth after qualifying for the eight-shooter final round with a score of 563 points.
Shakil was clearly ahead of two other shooters when Bin Gai of Singapore was eliminated on seventh place but the lad from Khulna hit a poor 6.1 and 9.2 in the 15th and 16th shots respectively and ultimately placed sixth with a score of 150.1, approximately 4.2 points less than the fifth place finisher.
Anwar Hossain placed 13th out of 24 shooters with a score of 555 in the same event.