Hurdler Sumita Rani and high jumper Sozib Hossain continued their supremacy in their respective events when they won gold medals on the second day of the 41st National Athletics Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday.
Sumita of Bangladesh Jail, who grabbed silver medals in the 2006 and 2010 South Asian Games, won gold in the women’s 100-metre hurdle event to secure her 18th gold medal at national level.
Meanwhile, Sozib of Bangladesh Navy continued his dominance in the high jump event while beating last year’s champion Mahfuzur Rahman.
Sumita clocked 15.00 seconds to finish her race while Mukta Khatun of Bangladesh Army took 15.40 seconds to confirm the silver medal.
Smrity Khatun of Army managed the bronze medal with 16.60 seconds.
Sumita, who didn’t participate in the last two national meets due to injury, was far from her personal best timing of 13.99 seconds that she set in the 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka.
‘I could be happier if anyone could offer me a challenge,’ a frustrated Sumita said after her race. ‘Few years ago Jesmin [Akter] showed some potential, which helped me improve my timing, but now no one is showing in interest in hurdles,’ event.
‘My target is to bring gold for the country in the next SA Games in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2019. For that, I need proper training facilities both home and abroad,’ she said.
Meanwhile, Sozib and Mahfuzur both covered 2.00-metre in the men’s high jump but the former was adjudged as winner due to his less missed-attempt than Mahfuzur.
Sozib, the current national record holder with 2.11-metre that he set in the 2011 national meet, also believed that he could win a medal in SA Games medal if he was given proper training facilities.
‘I covered 2.00-metre height virtually without any preparation and facilities. It showed if I get better facilities my performance will improve,’ he said.
Meanwhile, the second-day saw a new national record in the javelin throw event as Moniruzzaman of Bangladesh Army covered 64.05-metre.
Moniruzzaman broke Rasheduzzaman’s previous record of 63.74-metre to secure his first national gold medal.
Nazmul Hasan of Army and Abdul Alim of Navy managed silver and bronze medals respectively in this event.
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