Bangladesh Navy’s Mohammad Ismail Hossain and Shirin Akter defended their titles in men’s and women’s 100m sprint of the ongoing 44th National Athletics Competition 2021 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Friday.
Ismail retained the fastest man title with a timing of 10.55 seconds while Navy’s Rakibul Hassan ended second with a timing of 10.60s and Army’s Md Hasan Mia third with a timing of 10.70s.“I’m satisfied that I’ve retained my title. Thanks to my service team for supporting me. Hopefully, I will able to shorten my timing in the upcoming Bangladesh Games. The track of this stadium is responsible for this poor timing,” Ismail told the reporters after the day’s event.
Besides, Shirin retained the fastest women title with a timing of 11.80s while Army’s Sharifa Khatun ended second with a timing of 12.20s and Ansar’s Kabita Roy third with a timing of 12.40s. With the day’s feat, the 26-year-old sprinter from Satkhira Shirin secured her 11th consecutive title at the national level.
“I continued my practices at BKSP during the COVID-19 break. My coach was expecting better timing from me. I’m not so happy. However, the Navy is playing a vital role in my success. I want to be the fastest woman in South Asia,” said Shirin in her reaction.
In the women, high jump event, Army’s Ritu Khatun booked a new national record of 1.70m. The Army athlete broke the 1.68m record of Bangladesh Jail’s Umme Hafsa Rumki. Rumki made the record of 1.68 meters breaking the 1.66m record of Sathi Parvin in the 2019 edition of the competition.
In the day’s other events, Army’s Firoz Khan Army clinched gold in marathon, Navy’s Rakibul Islam in men’s 1,500m, Army’s Sumi Aktar (Army) in women’s 1,500m and Police’s Imteaz Hossain in men’s shot put.
After the first day, Army secured the top slot of the point table with 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals while Navy second with 3 gold, 4 silver and one bronze medals, Police third with one gold, Air Force fourth with one bronze and Ansar fifth with one bronze.This year, a total of 438 athletes and 65 managers from 34 divisional and district sports associations, five services’ teams, four universities and one education board are taking part in the 36 events of the three-day competition.