Olympics Athletics: Jahir Rayhan to compete in 400 meters on Sunday


Athlete Jahir Rayhan will compete in the heats of his lone event Men’s 400-meter run of the Tokyo Olympics’202O at the Olympics Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday morning.

He will compete in lane-2 of the event’s heats number-3 at 8:O1 am (Bangladesh time) along with the athletes of USA, Brazil, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobacco, Slovenia and Congo.

Jahir is keen to display his career best performance in his favourite 400-meter in the Bangladesh’s last event in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

He will be the 3rd Bangladeshi athlete to compete in 400-meter of the Olympics after 29 years after the participation of Mehdi Hasan in the Bercelona Olympics’1992 and Milzer Hossain in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

The present best timing of Jahir is 47.34 second.

Earlier on last Friday, five Bangladeshi athletes out of six–archer Ruman Shana, Diya Siddique, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki swimmers Ariful Islam and Junaina Ahmed– completed their Tokyo Olympics assignments.

Except shooter Baki, all the Bangladeshi athletes performed their best show in the mega games.

Two Bangladeshi swimmers–M Ariful Islam and Junayna Ahmed were eliminated from their respective heats of the men’s and women’s 50-meter freestyle swimming of the Tokyo Olympics’2020 making their career best timings at Tokyo Aquatic Center on Friday.

Ariful Islam, who had the honour of carrying the Bangladesh national flag in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, finished 3rd in heats number- 4 among eight competitors scoring his career best timing of 24.81 seconds.

In the overall ranking, Ariful was placed 51st among 73 competitors of the event.

His previous best timing of the event was 24.92 seconds made in the World Swimming Championship in South Korea in 2019.

In the Women’s 50- meter freestyle, Junayna Ahmed, a Bangladeshi origin London- based swimmer, finished 5th among eight swimmers in heats number 3 scoring her career best timing of 29.78 seconds.

The overall ranking of Junayna in the event is 68th among 83 competitors.

The previous best timing of Junaina Ahmed in the event was 30.96 second made in the World Swimming Championship in South Korea in 2019.

Earlier Thursday, Bangladeshi promising teen-age archer Diya Siddique eliminated from the women’s recurve singles after making a brilliant fight in shoot-off stage of Tokyo Olympics ‘2020 Archery at the Yumenoshima Park Archery field in the Japanese capital.

The 17-year-old talented archer from Nilphamari District, Diya lost to her much superior opponent Karyna Dziominskaya of Belarus by 5-6 set points in a nerve shattering ups and downs elimination round match of the women ‘s recurve singles amid huge appreciations from games lovers.

She made a good start beating her superior rival by 23-22 points in the first set, suffered 25-26 points defeat in the 2nd set, played 25-25 in the 3rd set, conceded 25-27 defeat in the 4th set and earned a 27-25 victory in the 5th set to tie the match 5-5 set points.

Later, in the match fate-deciding shoot off, Diya, was miserably eliminated from the event in the very first attempt scoring 9 points against her opponent’s score of 10 points.

Earlier, Bangladesh’s famed shooter Abdullah Hel Baki was eliminated from the qualification round of his favourite Men’s 10- meter Air Rifles of the Tokyo Olympics Shooting at the Asaka Shooting Range in the Japanese capital last Sunday.

He finished 41st among the 47 competitors of the event making a worse total score of 619.8.

Country’s celebrated archer M Ruman Shana was eliminated from round of 32 of the men’s recurve singles losing to his Canadian rival Duenas Chispin by 4-6 set points in a keenly contested match last Tuesday.

Ruman smartly advanced to the round-32 of the event eliminating Tom Hall of Great Britain by 7-3 set points in the elimination round Tuesday morning.

On last Saturday, Bangladeshi archer Ruman Shana pairing with woman archer Diya Siddique lost to event’s gold medalist South Korean pair An San and Kim Je Deok in the round-16 of the mixed team event (mixed doubles) of Olympics.

The two Bangladeshi archers made a total score of 1297 to finish 16th and qualified for the round of 16 of the mixed team event.

Ruman finished 17th among 64 competitors in the ranking round of recurve individual scoring 662 while Diya finished 36th among 64 participants in the ranking round making her career best score of 635.

Source: United News of Bangladesh