Archer Shehzana to face two-time champ in round of 32

Shehzana ‘Kuki’ Anwar carries the Kenyan flag into the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony ...
Shehzana ‘Kuki’ Anwar carries the Kenyan flag into the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of Rio 2016. PHOTO/Getty

Kenya’s sole archer Shehzana ‘Kuki’ Anwar was forced to a hard draw in Monday’s round of 32 elimination matches at the Rio 2016 Olympics after finishing 62nd out of 64 with 579 points in the ranking round.

She will face two-time Olympic champion Bo-Bae Ki who finished third (663) behind South Korean compatriots Misun Choi and Chang Hyejin who scooped 669 and 666 points to underpin their intent to take home the gold.

The first day of the women’s individual competition was a classification round where all 64 archers threw 12 rounds of six arrows each.

They then scored points on which they were seeded for the next round before the competition progresses to the last 16, quarters, semis and the gold medal clash.

The Kenya Archery Association praised Shehzana, the African women champion’s display encouraging her for better performance.

“Wow! We have no words about what a great moment that was. We will be proud of you Kuki Anwar,” the association posted in their Facebook account.

The 26 year-old is the third Kenyan in history to represent the country in the sport after Jennifer Mbuta in Atlanta 1996 and Dominic Rebello in Sydney 2000.

She took to the competition after earning the honour of carrying the national flag into the Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony.

“It was an unbelievable experience. When I was called and told I would do it, I cried, its such a huge honour for me,” Shehzana told SuperSport Blitz.

She hails from a family with sporting pedigree with dad Azar being the renowned local rallying legend and three-time national champion while brother Shezan is the Kenya Motocross titleholder.

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