Jewel, Junayna continue record-spree | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 13, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 13, 2019

Jewel, Junayna continue record-spree

Jewel Ahmed and Junayna Ahmed continued to rewrite the record books as the third day of the Max Group National Swimming, Diving and Waterpolo Championships ended with Bangladesh Navy's complete domination at the Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.

Jewel set two new records to take his record as well as gold tally to five while Junayna broke two more to take her record tally to five and gold tally to six yesterday.

There were two more records set on the third day -- one by Faisal Mahmud and the other by the Navy relay team, taking the number of records over the three days to 14.

Bangladesh Army's Jewel, whose best record-haul in nationals was two before this championship, maintained his perfect record at this championship as he broke the 200m butterfly and 50m backstroke records. He broke the 15-year-old 200m butterfly record, set by his namesake Jewel Ahmed, in 2:11.57min, eclipsing the previous mark by 0.15 seconds. He broke the 50m backstroke record by 18th of a second, with a time of 0:28.12min.

Junayna, the 17-year-old Navy swimmer, broke 200m butterfly record by 6.89 seconds by clocking 2:34.14min while she broke the 400m freestyle record by 13.79 seconds, clocking 4:53.31min.

Faisal of Army won the 400m gold in 4:18.25min, erasing the old record by 5.15 seconds while Navy team won the 4x100m relay gold in record time (2:38.45min).

A total of 10 events were completed on the third day, six of which saw new records set. The fourth and final day will hold 10 more events.

Navy led the medals tally with 20 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals followed by Army with eight gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals.

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