Bangladesh Navy team’s swimmer Junaina Ahmed set two new national records in the 200m women’s freestyle and 200m women’s breaststroke events of the 29th National Swimming, Diving and Water polo Competition on Sunday.
Junaina, an English-born Bangladeshi swimmer, clocked 2:19:89 in the 200m freestyle to break the previous national record of 02:25:56 set by Sabura Khatun in 2007.
She clocked 02:40:75 in the 200m breaststroke to break the previous record of 02:44:80 set by Naima Akter in 2016.
Navy swimmers dominated the opening day of the four-day long national meet as two more records were set up by Mahmudun Nabi Nahid and Sonia Akter Tumpa in the men’s and women’s 100m butterfly events respectively.
Nahid clocked 00:56:82 in the 100m butterfly to set a new national record, breaking the previous record of 00: 57:50 set by Jewel Ahmed in 2003.
In the women’s 100m butterfly, Tumpa clocked 01:08:95 to break her previous record of 01:10:04 that she set up in 2014.
Jewel Ahmed of Army set a new national record in the 200m men’s breaststroke event, clocking 02:16:13 to break the previous record of 02:16:76 set up by Rubel Rana in 2003.
Navy swimmers Asif Reza and Ariful Islam secured gold medals in the 200m men’s freestyle and 200m men’s breaststroke events by clocking 02:00:72 and 02:27:25 respectively.
Rumana Akter of Bangladesh Army emerged champion in the 200m women’s breaststroke event by clocking 02: 27:00.
After the end of first day’s play, Navy were leading in the medals tally with 14 medals including six golds, five silvers and three bronzes.
Army were in second position with nine medals including two golds, two silvers and five bronzes while Bagura Swimming Centre were in third place with one silver medal.
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