Navy athletes Jahir Raihan and Shirin Akter dominated the third and last day of Bangbandhu 44th National Athletics Competition 2021 as they ended securing 4 gold medals each at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
Bangladesh Athletics Federation (BAF) dedicated the meet named after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark his 100th birth centenary.Jahir clinched 2 gold in men’s two individual disciplines -- 400m, 200m and 2 gold in team disciplines -- 4 × 400m relay along with Sheikh Ashrafuzzaman, Abdul Mannan, Ahsan Habib and 4 × 100m relay along with Rakibul Hassan, Md Ismail, Abdur Rauf.
Shirin also clinched 2 gold in women’s two individual disciplines -- 100m and 200m and 2 gold in team disciplines -- 4 × 100m relay along with Umme Hafsa Rumki, Tamanna Akter, Sabiha Al Soha and 4 × 400m relay along with Tamanna Akter, Nadira Khatun and Sabiha Al Soha.
Jahir adjudged the best player in men’s category while Army high jumper Ritu Akter in women’s category. S M Sharafat Hossain, founder of Sheikh Sharafat Academy in Jessore, announced the best organizer.
Two national records were made in the 44th edition of the meet. Army’s Ritu booked a new national record of 1.70m in women’s high jump on the first day of the meet on Friday. 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 1.66 meter record of Sathi Parvin in the 2019 edition of the competition.
Navy’s Rinki Biswash booked a new national record of 10:43:30 min in the women’s 3000m on the second day on Saturday. Rinki broke the 11:08:15 min record of Halima Khanom Bithi after 17 years which was booked in 2003.
Navy emerged champions securing 21 gold, 12 silver, 13 bronze while Army finished runners-up with 13 gold, 20 silver, 9 bronze and Ansar third with one gold and five silver. Among others, Police ranked fourth with one gold, Air Force fifth with 3 bronze, Jail sixth with 2 silver and 6 bronze, Narail District Sports Association (DSA) seventh with one silver and Jessore DSA eighth with one silver.BAF president and National river conservation commission chairman ASM Ali Kabir announced the closing of the meet as chief guest in a function on the last day at BNS. Nadira Ali Khan was present there as special guest while BAF general secretary Advocate Abdur Rakib Montu conducted the closing function.
This year, a total 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.