Ashrafuzzaman and Disha Sultana from Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) became the fastest boy and girl respectively in the Walton 30th National Junior Athletics Championships which got underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Ashrafuzzaman clocked 10.70 seconds to put behind his teammate Irfan (10.30 seconds) to win the gold medal in boys' 100m sprint while Disha took 13.20 seconds to beat her teammate Tanjira Akter (13.52 seconds) to win the gold medal in girls' 100m sprint under the floodlight at the big bowl.
In the 200m sprint for youth (female), BKSP's Tamanna Akter won the gold medal after timing 26.80 seconds while her nearest rival Sabiha Al Sohra from Khulna DSA clocked 28.68 seconds to win silver medal.
BKSP dominated the first day of two-day meet by bagging five gold with Tahmina Akter and Smriti Khantun winning gold in girls' shot-put and high jump while Khulna were in second position with two gold medals.
However, Nawshad from Narayanganj stole the show on the first day by winning gold in the long-jump after clearing 7.01 metres in his first appearance in the national meet as he came in to take part meet with a three-day practice.
“If I am provided better training facilities, I believe I can take my performance to international level,” said Nawshad adding that he himself prepared his practice zone before coming here in Dhaka.
The class XII student though slammed the federation for arranging the national meet amid scorching heat in summer. He believes he could have rewritten the junior record in long jump had the meet been held in winter.