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Imranur, Shirin remain fastest in Bangladesh

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Imranur, Shirin remain fastest in Bangladesh
Imranur Rahman (right) and Shirin Akther celebrate after they clinch gold medals in their respective 100-metre sprint events of the 46th National Athletics Championships at the Bangladesh Army Stadium on Friday. —BAF PHOTO

Imranur Rahman and Shirin Akther retained the country’s fastest men’s and women’s titles after they clinched gold medals in their respective 100-metre sprint events of the 46th National Athletics Championships that began at the Bangladesh Army Stadium on Friday.

Bangladesh Army team sprinter Imranur clocked an electronic timing of 10:49 seconds to finish on top while Bangladesh Navy’s Rakibul Hasan and Ismail Hossain finished second and third places respectively by clocking 10:71 and 10: 73 seconds.

It was Imranur’s third consecutive national title as he won the first one in January this year.

“I was tired from the long journey and could not take much preparation here before the day, as I was supposed to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday but my flight was delayed 40 hours to take off from Manchester Airport,” Imran explained about his timing to the reporters after his event.

Meanwhile, Navy’s Shirin bagged her 14th national title in this event after clocking 12:20 seconds on the same day.

“I’m happy with my performance. It would be better if I could do a bit better timing,” Shirin said after her run.

Army’s Somaya Dewan and Ansar’s Kobita Ray clocked 12:29 and 12: 39 seconds to finish second and third respectively in the women’s 100-metre sprint event.

Meanwhile, two new national records were set on the opening day as Army’s female high jumper Ritu Akhter jumped 1:75 metre in the event while the same team athletes - Sharifa Khatun, Somaya Dewan, Borsha Khatun and Sonia Akther - broke the record in the women’s 4x100 metre relay by clocking 48:10 seconds.

Army dominated the medals table after day one as they bagged 16 medals - seven gold, five silver and four bronze - followed by Navy with 18 medals - six gold, eight silver and four bronze.