England born expatriate sprinter Imranur Rahman stole the limelight on the opening day of the Shaheed Sheikh Kamal 45th National Athletics Competition as he broke the 22-year old national record in the 100m race at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital on Monday.
Imranur, who represented Bangladesh Army in the meet, became the fastest man by clocking 10.50 sec in the electronic scoreboard and thus the 28-year-old sprinter broke the previous best timing of a Bangladeshi sprinter made by late athlete Mahbub Alam (10.54 sec) in December 1999.
The army team is giving me all the facilities here but I will continue my training in London. The coach will instruct from here,” Imranur said after his event.
Meanwhile, Navy athlete Umme Hafsa Rumki made another national record in the day’s women’s high-jump event after she jumped 1.71m to break Army athlete Ritu Akter’s 1.70m record which she made in 2020.
However, the day’s biggest surprise came in the women’s 100m event where junior champion Sumaiya Dewan beat the country’s best women sprinter Shirin Akter who had a record of 13 consecutive gold medals.
BKSP’s Sumaiya became the fastest woman by clocking 12.32 sec while Navy’s Shirin became second with the timing of 12.36 sec and Army’s Sharifa Khatun ended third with the timing of 12.54 sec.