Tariqul Islam and Sonia Yasmin drove Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) to complete dominance in the Dr Abdul Basit 36th National Cycling Championships which concluded at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Tariqul had started the meet with a gold in the 40km Road Race event on the opening day and ended the championships with five gold and silver medal. The boy from Jessore had also created a national record in 1000m Sprint on the second day. His fourth individual gold came in the 1000 metre Olympic Sprint while the fifth gold came in 1600m Team Trial Race. He also won a silver medal as part of the BJMC team in the 4000m Team Pursuit event. Tariqul's success helped BJMC finish top of the medals table with 12 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze.
â€œIt is always pleasing to be the top cyclist in any championship even though it is nothing new for me as I have been a top performer for the last seven years,â€ said Tariqul while also expressing his disappointment that he would have to remain idle until the next championship, which is because the Bangladesh Cycling Federation holds only two championships -- national meet and club meet -- in a calendar year.
Tariqul's female teammate Sonia Yasmin Ovi dominated the women's events winning four gold, two of which came in team events. Ovi yesterday won gold in Elimination Race after winning her first individual gold in 1000m Sprint on Tuesday. Ovi was also a member of the BJMC's winning squad in Olympic Sprint and 200m Team Trail Race.
Bangladesh Ansar and VDP finished behind BJMC in second position with four gold, eight silver and six bronze medals while Border Guard Bangladesh finished third with four gold and two silver medals.