Mehedi Hasan Limon wrote his name in the history after winning the first ever gold medal of the inaugural Bangladesh Youth Games as the shooter won the gold in boy’s 0.177 open sight air rifle event at the Gulshan Shooting Complex on Sunday.
Limon, shooter of Pabna Rifle Club, brought the gold medal for Rajshahi division at 9:30am by beating Fazle Rabby of Gulshan Shooting Club and Mymensingh’s Fardin Mohammad Arnab.
Limon, a first-year student of Pabna Textile College, showed his supremacy earlier in the qualifying round too by scoring 235 points.
However, the youth shooter put his qualification round performance behind in the final stage by scoring 247 points, eight points clear of Rabby while Arnab managed the bronze medal with 236 points.
Limon expressed his joy after winning the first ever gold medal of the Games.
‘I couldn’t imagine that I would win the first gold medal of the games,’ said Limon who never competed in the national youth level after beginning his shooting career in 2013.
‘I would like to thank the BOA [Bangladesh Olympic Association] officials for giving us such opportunity of flourishing our talent.’
Limon also thanked his family for allowing him to play rifle despite having huge poverty.
‘My father worked hard to manage our livelihood but he never told me to stop my game,’ said Limon, who also expressed his gratitude towards his coach Osman Gani for building him as a shooter.
‘I chose shooting after watching my coach participating in the national level. He guided me since 2013 and he inspired me a lot to become a good shooter.’
Osman Gani was also happy to see one of his students won the first ever gold medal of the games.
‘I had full confidence on him because he did a very good job in the qualification round,’ Gani said.
‘If he gets proper nurture, I hope, he will become a good shooter in future.’
Meanwhile, five more events of the shooting were completed on Sunday with Barisal division’s Zinnat Kabir winning the gold medal in girl’s 0.177 open sight air rifle event.
Zinnat of Pirojpur district scored 235 points to beat Chittagong’s Sayra Arefin (231) and Rajshahi’s Shilpa Roy (212).
In the boy’s 0.177 match air pistol event Mymensingh’s Sheikh Shahjalal Sadman scored 270 points to win the gold medal while Rownok Chowdhury of Dhaka managed silver and Chittagong’s Saker Ahmed won bronze medal.
Khulna’s Nilufar Yeasmin managed gold medal in the girl’s 0.177 match air pistol event beating Dhaka’s Shammi Akter and Rajshahi’s Nabila Tabassum.
In the men’s 0.177 match air rifle event, Dhaka’s Sakibul Alam managed gold medal beating Chittagong’s Sajedul Islam and Mymensing’s Musfikur Rahman.
In the women’s category of this event, Khulna’s Farbin Chowdhury Rithika won the gold medal beating Dhaka’s Mayeda Mumtahina and Chittagong’s Sumaiya Morshed, who managed silver and bronze respectively.
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