WORLD SWIMMING C’SHIPS

Sagar smashes nat’l record but finishes 70th

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 27,2017

 
 

Mahfizur Rahman Sagar

Country’s leading swimmer Mahfizur Rahman Sagar smashed his national championship record by clocking 52.55 seconds only to finish 70th among 113 participants in the heats of the 100-metre freestyle of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday.
In Budapest, Sagar clocked 0.33 seconds less than what he did [55.88 seconds] in the 2013 National Swimming Championships.
His timing, however, was not close to his personal best 52.34 seconds that helped him earn a bronze medal in the 2016 South Asian Games in India.
Serbian Velimir Stjepanovic, who qualified for the 16-man semi-finals as the last man, clocked 03.75 seconds less than Sagar. Velimir took 48.80 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals.
‘I would have been satisfied if I could time close to 51.00 seconds in the 100-metre freestyle,’ said Sagar over phone on Wednesday.
‘I think I still have areas to improve by availing the long-term training.’
Sagar, who has been receiving a long-term training in Thailand under FINA scholarship, is looking to improve his timing in the 50-metre freestyle so that he can win a medal in next SA Games in Kathmandu.
‘The swimmers of India and Sri Lanka are much ahead of us [Bangladeshi swimmers] by using modern technology as well as enjoying better facilities but we don’t have such opportunity,’ lamented Sagar. 

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