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Sprinter Jahir to run his race on Sunday

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 31st July, 2021 11:01:05 PM
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Sprinter Jahir to run his race on Sunday

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Bangladesh will compete in their last event of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics as sprinter Jahir Raihan will run in the men’s 400m round one – Heat 3 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo today.

The 20-year old earlier became the only Bangladeshi athlete in the track and field disciplines to receive a wildcard entry in the ongoing Olympics and it will also be the maiden appearance for the Bangladesh Navy athlete in the Olympics.

Although Bangladesh hardly have any expectation from Jahir in the event, whose best performance in a 400m event is 46.86 seconds during the National Athletics Championships in 2019, the 954th ranked athlete will be targeting to improve his timings.

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk, who will also participate in the event, holds the world record in the 400m race as he clocked 43.03 seconds to win the gold medal during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Five more Bangladeshi athletes – archers Ruman Shana, Diya Siddique, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki, swimmers Ariful Islam and Junaina Ahmed earlier finished their Olympic campaigns.

Ruman lost in the second round of archery men’s singles while Diya conceded defeat in the first round of archery women’s singles. Both earlier finished ninth in the mixed team event after losing to their South Korean counterpart in the round of 16.

Shooter Baki scored a total of 619.8 points in the qualifying event only to finish 41st among 47 shooters in the men’s 10m air rifle event.

Swimmer Ariful finished his 50m men’s freestyle event with a career-best 24.81 seconds timing to be placed 51st among 73 swimmers in the event while Junaina finished 68th among 81 swimmers in her 50m women’s freestyle event despite providing career-best timing of 29.78 seconds.