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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