Bangladesh completed another disappointing Olympic campaign after their sprinter Jahir Raihan finished last in the men’s 400m heat at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday.
Jahir, who became the first Bangladeshi sprinter to represent in the event after 29 years, finished the eight-man race at the bottom with a timing of 48.29 seconds during the Heat -3 and overall ranked 44th among 48 sprints in the event.
The 20-year old national athlete was far from his previous personal best timing of 46.86 seconds in the event which he clocked during the National Athletics Championships in 2019.
Michael Cherry from the USA won the Heat-3 race with a timing of 44.82 seconds while Jonathan Jones of Barbados and Christopher Taylor from Jamaica finished second and third respectively with the timings of 45.04s and 45.20s to book their places in the semis.
Earlier, five other Bangladeshi athletes – archers Ruman Shana, Diya Siddique, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki, swimmers Ariful Islam and Junaina Ahmed also 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.