28TH NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP: Rumana upstages injured Shila

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:27, Nov 27,2016


Rumana Akter (L) of Bangladesh Army and Mahfizur Rahman Sagar of Bangladesh Navy show victory signs after clinching gold medals in the 28th National Swimming Championship at the National Swimming Complex on Sunday. — Sourav Losker

An injury setback of Mahfuza Khatun Shila helped Rumana Akter emerged as new sensation of the pool as she created two new national records in the three-day long 28th National Swimming Championship that began on Sunday.
Rumana of Bangladesh Army set up new records in the women’s 200metre individual medley and 100metre breaststroke events at the National Swimming Complex.
After setting the new record in the 200m medley in the morning, Rumana won her second gold in 100m breaststroke in an unexpected circumstance as double South Asian Games gold medalist Shila was the clear favourite in this event.
However, a sudden knee injury forced Shila to leave the race halfway through, paving the way for Rumana to grab the spotlight with another new record.
Shila, who won 50m and 100m breaststroke events in the SA games earlier this year, was clearly ahead of other six competitors in first 50m.
But she twisted her right knee during the second lap leaving the pool in tears.
Rumana finished the race in 1:19:53 minutes to surpass the previous national record set up by Shila in 2014.
Naima Akter of Bangladesh Army and Moriom Khatun of Navy grabbed silver and bronze medals respectively in this event.
Earlier Rumana took 2:43:70 minutes in 200m medley, breaking the record of Sonia Akter Tumpa, who had clocked 2:44:98 minutes in 2014 to make the record.
‘Last time [2014] I managed only one gold medal in the individual medley event,’ said Rumana.
‘But this time I am looking forward to win at least four gold medals and break as many records.’
Shila later recovered to help Bangladesh Navy to win the 4x100metre freestyle event gold medals with new record.
‘It [100m breaststroke] was my favourite event,’ Shila said in choked voice. ‘It happened to me before but I never thought it could happen during the competition.’
A total of five new records were set up on the opening day and Mahfizur Rahman Sagar of Bangladesh Navy, arguably the best male swimmer of the country, was one of the record breakers.
Sagar took 1:58:44 minutes to break his own 2014 record of 1:59.13 minutes in men’s 200m freestyle.
Naima Akter Sonali of Bangladesh Army set the other record in 100m backstroke clocking 1:13.62 minutes.
She broke her own record of 1:17:32 minutes which she set in 2014.
Bangladesh Navy won six gold medals to top the table on the first day with while Bangladesh Army remained hot on their heels with five gold medals. 

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