Bangladeshi athletes passed a rare successful day when they secured three gold medals alongside four silver medals on the third day of the 13th SA Games in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday.
Bangladesh’s all three gold medals came from karate as Mohammad Al Amin, Marjana Akter Pia and Humayra Akter Antara clinched gold medals in their respective events.
Al Amin beat Pakistani competitor Jafar Iqbal by 7-3 points in the final to secure gold medal in men’s kumite Under-60 weight category. He beat Nepali competitor Rajib Podasani by 7-5 points in the semi-final.
Pia beat Pakistan’s Kausar Sana by 4-3 points in the final to clinch gold in women’s kumite Under-55 weight category.
Antara made it golden day for Bangladesh when she beat Anu Gurang of Nepal in the final of kumite Under-61 category by 5-2 points. Antara earlier beat Gul Naz of Pakistan by 4-0 points in the semi-final.
In athletics, Bangladesh’s Mahfuzur Rahman missed a gold medal narrowly despite creating a new national record in high jump at the Dashrath Rangasala Stadium.
Mahfuzur jumped 2.16 metre, which is an improvement of his own national record of 2.15 metre, yet he had to remain satisfied with only a silver medal.
In the men’s 50-metre air rifle position shooting, Yusuf Ali, Abdullah Hel Baki and Shovon Chowdhury clinched silver medal.
Earlier in the men’s 50-metre air rifle individual event, both Yusuf and Baki finished sixth and seventh respectively while Shovon failed to qualify for the final.
In the women’s 10-metre air rifle team event, Syeda Atkia Hasan Disha, Umme Zakia Sultana Tumpa and Sharmin Akhter Ratna gave Bangladesh the second silver medal of the day in shooting.
Both Disha and Tumpa finished among top eight in the individual event of women’s 10-metre air rifle but could finish only fifth and seventh respectively.
Bangladesh’s another silver medal of the day came from wushu when Omar Faruque won the medal in the men’s chan chuan event.
In cricket, Bangladesh women’s team made a winning start to their campaign beating their Sri Lankan counterparts by seven wickets at the Pokhara Rangasala Stadium in Pokhara.
Sanjida Islam hit an unbeaten 51 off 45 balls to guide Bangladesh to 126-3 in 18.3 overs after Nahida Akter claimed 4-32 to restrict Sri Lanka to 122-6 in 20 overs.
In football, Bangladesh’s chance for qualifying for the final suffered a blow when Under-23 football team was held to a 1-1 draw by Maldives in their second match at the Dasarath Stadium in Kathmandu.
Bangladesh got the lead in the in the 29th minute after Maldives conceded an own goal before striker Ibrahim Mahmudee Hussain levelled the margin in the 70th minute. Bangladesh lost to Bhutan by a solitary goal in their opening match on Monday.
At the end of third day, Bangladesh have collected 27 medals, including four gold, six silver and 17 bronze medals.
A total of 462 athletes, 263 male and 199 female, are participating from Bangladesh in 25 of 26 disciplines in the Games.
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