Shooter Baki brings silver

26 July,2014

RTNN News Desk: Abdullah Hel Baki brought Bangladesh its first medal in the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games yesterday when he won silver in the 10m Air Rifle event finishing second 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.”

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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