Bangladesh passed a mixed bag second day at the 13th South Asian Games, earning a total of 16 medals, one gold, two silvers and 13 bronze, in Nepal on Monday.
Taekwondo player Dipu Chakma handed the country the first gold medal in this year’s Games when he earned the top-prize in the male individual poomsae 29-year plus category.
The Rangamati-born 30-year old Bangladesh Army athlete beat competitors from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Nepal to secure a SA Games gold medal in his very first attempt.
Later, Bangladesh earned six more bronze medals from taekwondo.
In the pair poomsae 29-year plus event, the duo of Dipu and Moushumi Akter won bronze while in the male individual poomsae event (17-23) category Kamrul Hasan and in the (17-29) category Mehedi Hasan clinched bronze medals.
The pair of Nuruddin Hossain and Ruma Khatun won bronze in the pair poomsae (17-29) event. In the female individual poomsae event (17-23) category Anika Akter and in the (23-29) category Nurunnahar Akhter won bronze.
Earlier on the day, Karate player Humayra Akter Antara opened Bangladesh’s account in the medals’ list with a bronze in the women’s individual event.
Bangladesh later won two silvers and six more bronze medals from Karate on the day.
Mustafa Kamal and Maunzera Borna clinched silver medal in the men’s and women’s Under-55kg kumi events respectively.
In the men’s individual kata, Hasan Khan won bronze in the Under-55kg kumi while Bangladesh also won bronze medals in the men’s and women’s team katas.
In the men’s Under-84kg kumi and 84kg plus kumi Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ramzan and Atiqur Rahman grabbed bronze medals while Fahmida Akter also won bronze in the women’s Under-50kg category.
In football, Bangladesh’s aim of clinching gold suffered a big jolt when the Under-23 football team lost to Bhutan by a solitary goal in their opening match at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu.
Bhutanese forward Chencho Gyeltshen scored the all-important goal in the 65th minute. Bangladesh will take on Maldives in their second match today.
Bangladesh men’s volleyball team’s hopes of clinching bronze was shattered when they lost to Sri Lanka by 1-3 sets (5-20, 25-16, 25-21) in the bronze medal deciding match at the Cover Hall in Tripureshwor.
In kho-kho, Bangladesh men’s and women’s team started the day with wins over Sri Lanka before both the teams suffered defeats to India later.
The regional sporting carnival got underway on Sunday concurrently in three Nepalese cities, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur with athletes from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competing for glory in 26 different sporting disciplines.
A total of 462 athletes, 263 male and 199 female, are participating from Bangladesh in all but triathlon discipline.
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