Sprint queen Shirin Akter romped to the 200m sprint title as the Bangladesh Navy regained their dominance of the National Athletics Championship, the 43rd edition of which concluded at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram yesterday.
Shirin had lost her 200m sprint title to Shohagi Akter in the last edition of the national championship. Even though the Navy sprinter had her revenge in the summer meet in September last year, she eclipsed her previous best yesterday to retain the national title.
The former BKSP student clocked 24.70 seconds, beating her previous best effort by 0.27 seconds, to reclaim the gold medal after having won the 100m gold on the previous day. Sharifa Khatun of Navy won the silver while Aysha Akter of Bangladesh Jail settled for the bronze medal. However, the records will not be considered official as this event is being held on grass surface and in hand-timing method.
In men’s 200m sprint, Saiful Ismail Khan Sunny of Bangladesh Navy edged teammate and former champion Zahir Raihan by 0.20 seconds to win gold. Sunny clocked 21 seconds, beating Raihan whom he had beaten in the summer meet, too, four months ago. Hasan Mia of Bangladesh Army settled for the bronze medal.
Sunny and Raihan later teamed up to win the men’s 4X400m relay event too, helping Navy to the top of the medals tally.
Navy, who had lost their dominance to Army in the last national meet before emerging champions in the summer meet, topped the tally with 21 gold, 18 silver and eight bronze medals. Army finished second with 14 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals. Bangladesh Ansar and VDP finished distant third with one gold and one silver medal.