Bangabandhu 44th National Athletics ends

Three-day Bangabandhu 44th National Athletics Championship, arranged on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, concluded on Sunday at the Bangabandu National Stadium here, featuring two new national records.

President of Bangladesh Athletics Federation and Chairman of National River Conservation Commission ASM Ali Kabir declared the meet closed at a simple ceremony in the afternoon.

Bangladesh Navy clinched the top slot in the three- day meet securing 21 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals, Bangladesh Army finished 2nd collecting 13 gold, 20 silver and nine bronzes while Bangladesh Ansar & VDP became distant 3rd with one gold and five bronze medals.

Zahir Raihan and Shirin Akhter of Bangladesh Navy secured four gold medals each.

Later, Zahir Raihan of Bangladesh Navy was adjudged the best male athlete while Ritu Biwas of Bangladesh Army named the best female athlete of the national meet.

SM Sarafat Hossain of Sheikh Sarafat Academy of Jashore, was named as the best organiser.

The meet featured two new national records.

Ritu Akhter of Bangladesh Army made the meet’s first new national record in the women’s high jump on Friday, jumping a height of 1.70 meters to better previous national mark of 1.68 meters, made by Umme Hafsa Rumki of Bangladesh Jail in 2019.

Rinki Biwas of Bangladesh Navy made the meet’s 2nd national record on Saturday in the women’s 3000-meter run with a timing of 10:44.30 minutes to batter the 17 years old event’s record of 11:08.15 minutes made by Halima Khutun Bithi in 2003.

Earlier on the first day (Friday), Ismail Hossain and Shirin Akhter retaining the country’s fastet man and woman crown by winning their respective 100-meter sprints titles.

M Ismail Hossain of Bangladesh Navy retained the country’s fastest man crown with a timing of 10.55 seconds while Shirin Akhter, also from Navy, clinched the fastest woman crown for the eleven times in a row in the national & summer athletics with a timing of 11.80 seconds.

Some 438 male and female athletes from 34 districts and divisions, four universities, one education board and 45 organizations including Bangladesh Army, Navy, Air Force and Ansar & VDP competing in 36 events– 22 for the mens and 14 for the women’s.

Source: United News of Bangladesh