Record-breaker Mabia eyes Olympics berth

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:39, Apr 07,2021


Bangladesh Ansar weightlifter Mabia Akter in action during women’s 64kg weight category event of the 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games on Wednesday.— BOA photo

South Asian Games gold medallist weightlifter Mabia Akter is eyeing direct qualification to this year’s Tokyo Olympics after a record-breaking gold medal win in the 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games on Wednesday.

Mabia won gold in the women’s 64kg weight category after lifting a total of 181 kg – 101kg in clean-and-jerk and 80kg in snatch– to surpass the previous national record of 179kg, which was also set by her in the inter-service competition in 2018.

After breaking the national record on Wednesday, the Ansar team athlete said she now wants to take part in the Olympics.

‘I want to see myself there [Olympics]. This is my main goal,’ said Mabis, who gold medal in the 2016 and 2019 SA Games.

Mabia said that she has a chance to qualify for the mega event if she performs well in the Asian Championship competition in Uzbekistan, set to take place later this month.

‘If I can do well in Uzbekistan, I will get a ticket to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. I am working hard for it,’ she added.

In the other weightlifting events, Ansar’s Suman Chandra Roy bagged gold in the men’s 81kg weight category, lifting 260kgs – 147kg in clean-and-jerk and 113kg in snatch.

Army’s Farzana Akter Riya won gold in the women’s 71kg category, lifting a total of 138kgs – 78kg in clean-and-jerk and 60kg in snatch.

Army bagged the title in men’s football after beating Sylhet district by 2-0 goals in the final of the 10-team tournament at the Shaheed Dhirendranath Datta Stadium in Cumilla.

Emon and Sonjoy scored one goal-a-piece.

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan finished third after beating Satkhira sistrict by 8-0 goals in the third-place deciding match.

In cricket, Varendra North Zone reached the final after a 36-run win over Chattola East Zone in the men’s event held at the Shaheed Abdur Rab Serniabat Stadium in Barishal on Wednesday.

Varendra will play the final at the same venue on April 10 against the winners of the last league match between Jahangirabad Central Zone and Chandradeep South Zone, which will take place on April 8.

In the day’s game, sent to bat, Varendra were bundled out for 235 in 49.1 overs before bowling out Chattola for 199 in 47.1 overs.

 In karate, 2019 SA Games gold medallists Humayra Akter Antara and Marzan Akter Priya bagged gold in the women’s 55kg and 61kg category kumite events respectively in Bandarban.

Ansar’s Moriom Khatun Bipasha bagged gold in the women’s under-68kg kumite event.

Army’s Al Amin won gold in the men’s under-60kg kumite event while Ansar’s Anwar Nayeem, Army’s Hafizur Rahman and  Ansar’s Hasan Khan bagged gold in the 67kg, under-75kg and 84kg-plus categories.

Army bagged gold in the women’s doubles badminton event, beating Ansar by 21-18, 21-11 sets at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium in Paltan.

At the National Sports Council Gymnasium, Ansar’s Mainu Marma bagged gold in the women’s 57kg weight category taekwondo event while Army’s Nigar Sultana, Jannatul Sultana, Sumona Munni and Ansar’s Arjoma Akter won gold in the 53kg, 49kg, 46kg and under-73kg categories respectively.

Armys Emon Hasan and Parvez Mosarrof won gold in the men’s 54kg and under-58kg category respectively.

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