Thinley Namgay  

A 34-year-old para-archer, Pema Rigsel is through to the elimination round after he passed the Men’s Recurve Open Archery Ranking round at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Japan yesterday.   

According to the Bhutan Paralympic Committee, Pema would face Kirill Smirnov of Russia in the elimination round on September 3.  

Pema Rigsel competed in the 70 metres archery range yesterday. Thirty-one archers took part in the event. In Pema’s W2 category, 13 archers were there. 

Pema scored 523 points out of 720 and stood in 30th out of 31.  

Iran’s Gholamreza Rahimi dominated the ranking round by scoring 644 points, followed by Lixue Zhaw of China and Kirill Smirnov of Russia with 639 and 634 points, respectively.  

In the recurve individual archery, an archer shoots six arrows in a round within four minutes. For a game, archers will have to shoot 72 arrows worth 720 points. 

Pema Rigsel scored lower than the minimum qualifying  score  (MQS) that he fetched in May this year at the Langjophakha archery range.  

Pema obtained the MQS of 601 points during the day-long national MQS competition organised by Bhutan Archery Federation. 

Meanwhile, on August 29 and September 4, para-athletes Gyeltshen and Chimi Dema will take part in the men’s F40, and women’s F40 shot put events, respectively. There is no qualification round for shot put.