Stars, flops of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games

DM Simanto

11 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Stars, flops of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games

Sonia Akter Tumpa and Juwel Ahmed

The country’s largest multi-sports competition Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games, named after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, concluded after a 10-day battle on Saturday.

 More than eight thousand athletes from 366 participating teams competed for 1247 medals including 380 gold medals in 31 disciplines held at 29 different venues.  

Bangladesh Ansar and VDP emerged champions with winning 269 medals including 132 gold medals, 80 silver medals and 57 bronze medals.

Bangladesh Army finished second with a total of 297 medals including 115 gold medals, 99 silver medals and 83 bronze medals while Bangladesh Navy ended third with 63 gold medals, 39 silver medals and 25 bronze medals. 

The Games gave a lot of surprises as some athletes came into the spotlight by showcasing eye-catching performances while some medal-aspirants flopped in their respective events after displaying disappointing performances.

The Daily Sun tried to compile a list of those stars and flops of the Games. 

Stars of BBG

Navy swimmer Sonia Akter Tumpa emerged as the best athlete of the Games by winning a total of 11 medals including eight gold medals and three silver medals.

 Sonia earned five gold medals in singles events -- 800m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 400m medley, 200m butterfly, 50m freestyle and three gold medals in team events -- 4*200m freestyle relay, 4*100m medley relay and 4*100m freestyle relay.     

 “I never thought that I could do so well. I reduced my events because I was not fully fit. However, I practised hard in this short time. Asif (husband) helped me a lot. He inspired me,” said Tumpa.

 Another Navy swimmer Sonia Khatun secured seven gold medals in the Games including four gold medals in single events -- 100m butterfly, 50m butterfly, 200m medley and 100m freestyle and three gold medals in team events -- 4*200m freestyle relay, 4*100m medley relay and 4*100m freestyle relay.     

 Army swimmer Juwel Ahmed secured three gold medals in the 200m backstroke, 400m medley and 50m backstroke during the Games.

 In athletics, Navy athlete Shirin Akter earned two gold medals in singles events -- 100m sprint and 200m sprint. Shirin has now earned 13 consecutive gold medals at the national level.

 In cycling, Army cyclist Suborna Barma made a new record by earning four gold medals including three new national records in the single meet in the discipline's history. Suborna earned a gold medal in a singles event -- individual 4000m scratch race and three gold medals in team events -- 1200m team trail, 2000m team parachute and 60km race.

 Army cyclist Faysal Hossain also clinched three gold medals including a gold in the singles event -- 1000m time trial and two gold in team events –1600m team trail and 4000m team parachute.

 South Asian gold medalist Mabia Akhter Simanta from Ansar earned gold in women’s 64kg with new records in snatch, clean and jerk and total weight. She lifted 80kg in snatch and 101kg in clean and jerk. Thus Mabia lifted a total of 181kg during her record-breaking event.

 Asim Kumar Das from Police is the only athlete to break any international record during the meet as he made a new record in the men's compound singles qualification round of archery.

 Asim scored 704 out of 720 throwing 72 arrows to break the international record of 718 and won the gold medal in the event. The previous best performance for a Bangladeshi in the event was Sheikh Sajib's 700.

 Flops of BBG

A lot of expectation was laid on the country’s premier archer Ruman Shana from Ansar but he ended his campaign in Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games in a disappointing manner.

Shana failed to earn a single medal from three events -- recurve singles, recurve team and recurve mixed events during the Games.

Despite winning the gold medal in the men’s 50m rifle (3*40 shots), two-time Commonwealth silver medalist Abdullah Hel Baki from Navy could bag just a bronze medal in his favourite men’s 10m air rifle.

Another Commonwealth silver medalist shooter Shakil Ahmed from Army also finished third after in the men’s 10m air pistol though he went on to win gold in the men’s 50m free pistol.