Abdullah Hel Baki of Bangladesh missed out on filling the country’s 12-year gold-drought in the Commonwealth Games today as he had to settle for a silver medal in the 10m Air Rifle event of the 20th edition of the Games at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Glasgow losing to India’s Abhinav Bindra.
The 24-year-old shooter from Gazipur, who qualified for the eight-man final round after finishing fifth in the qualification with a score of 620 points, scored 202.1 points out of 218 in the final shoot-off, 3.2 points less than gold-medal winner Bindra.
“It is the best achievement of my career,” Baki told reporters after winning the silver medal.
“I could have won gold had I put my best performance. From the beginning, I was trying to give my best but to be honest I could not do so,” said Baki. “Despite that, it is a big achievement for me to fight against an experienced shooter like Bindra.”
Baki, who is affiliated with the Dhaka Rifle Club, had been tipped to win a medal from these Games following his impressive performance in the ISSF World Cup in June. Baki was one of the shooters who was selected by the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) to undergo a special training under Korean coach Jong Hyun Lee since February.
In the final round, Baki was trailing by 2.4 points from 2006 Commonwealth Gold winner Bindra up to the first six shots and never managed to close the gap, which widened to 2.5 points after the 18th shot, leaving Bangladesh’s premier shooter needing an incredible performance in the last two shots to overcome the deficit.
But Baki managed only 19.7 points against Bindra’s 20.4 in the final two shots and had to be content with a silver medal. This is however his second medal from the Commonwealth Games as he, along with Asif Hossain Khan, had won a bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle team event at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.
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