Navy athletes Md Ismail and Shirin Akter continued to dominate in sprint events as they became the country’s fastest man and woman respectively in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday.
Both the athletes, who are dominating national meets in recent years, however, clinched their first-ever gold medal in 100m sprint events in Bangladesh Games.Ismail took 10.50 sec to finish his run while Shirin took 11.60 sec during her event.
Abdur Rauf and Nayeem Islam won the silver and bronze respectively in the men’s event while Shorifa Khatun and Sonia Akther respectively won the silver and bronze in the women’s event.
Ismail said that he could have done better if he got enough time to get prepared for the Games.
“I’m not satisfied with my timing. I’ve not got enough time for preparation due to the Covid-19. I could do better if I got enough time to get prepared,” he added.
Shirin, however, expressed her satisfaction after winning her first gold in Bangladesh Games.
“I finished runners-up in the last Bangladesh Games in 2013. It is first gold here and 12th consecutive gold at the national level. I’m really happy,” she said.Navy athlete M Masud Khan clinched the gold medal in the men’s 110m hurdles while Navy athlete Tamanna Akter bagged the gold medal in the 110 women’s hurdles.
Masud retired after the victory. Army athlete Papia Akter earned a gold medal in the women’s javelin throw.
Army cyclist Faysal Hossain clinched the gold medal in the men’s 1000m time trial with a new national record of 1:20.40 min in the cycling discipline at the Army Stadium. Faysal broke another Army cyclist Ekramul Islam’s previous record of 1:26.10 min that he made in 2017.
BGB cyclist Nishi Khatun clinched the gold medal in the women’s 500m time trial with a new national record of 45.47 sec while Samapti Biswash clinched the silver medal with the timing of 45.51 sec. Both Nishi and Sampati broke the previous record of 48.65 sec in this event.
Army cyclist Muktadur Alam clinched the gold medal in the men’s elimination race while Army cyclist Shilpi Khatun secured a gold medal in the women’s elimination race.
In the men’s 200m backstroke, Army swimmer Juwel Ahmed secured the gold medal with a new national record of 2:16.12 min on the opening day of swimming discipline at the city’s Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex.
Juwel broke his own 2:16.13 min record which he made in the national championship in 2019.
Navy swimmer Mahdunnabi Nahid secured the gold medal in the men’s 100m butterfly with a new record timing of 56.71 sec. Nahid broke his own 56.82 sec record that he made in the national championship in 2019.
Navy swimmer Sonia Khatun secured the gold medal in the women’s 100m butterfly with a new record timing of 1:7.12 min. Sonia broke another Navy swimmer Sonia Akter Tumpa’s previous 1:8.95 min record.
In chess, Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman from Ansar clinched the gold medal in the men’s singles rapid chess while veteran Rani Hamid from Ansar secured the gold medal in the women’s singles rapid chess.
In table tennis, Bangladesh Police clinched the gold medal in the men's team event at the city’s Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium.
In women’s basketball, Chattogram clinched the gold medal at the city’s Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium.
In bodybuilding, Md Rafiqul Islam from Rajshahi Golden Gym earned the gold medal in the men’s physique 173+ cm while Md Munna from Ansar earned the gold medal in the men’s physique 55kg and Nazim Khan from Ansar bagged gold in men’s physique 60kg.
In Wrestling, Bangladesh Ansar dominated in the women’s event with Mashinu Marma earning gold in 53kg and Shukanti Biswash claiming gold in 52 kg.
Rezia Sultana from Ansar earned gold in 57kg while Army’s Sharmin Akter earned gold in the 59kg event.
In shooting, Rayehanul Islam won the gold medal in the men’s 25m rapid free pistol event while Atkiya Hasan Disha won the gold medal in the 50m air rifle women’s event.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Ansar bagged two gold medals in gymnastics during four gold finals held on Saturday.