Zahir Rayhan grabbed the gold medal in the 400m race in India’s National Junior Athletics Championships in Gunter, Andhra Pradesh yesterday.
Zahir, who was invited to meet along with four other athletes, clocked 47.34 seconds to snatch gold from 27 Indian competitors.
However, the former BKSP athlete, who currently represents Bangladesh Navy, could not better his timing from January’s National Athletics Championships in Bangladesh when he clocked 46.86 seconds, his best-ever time in the 400m race.
The 19-year-old athlete came into the limelight after reaching the semifinals of the the World U-18 Championships in Nairobi in 2017 with a time of 48 seconds.
Five Bangladeshi athletes along with 3,000 athletes from 29 Indian states are competing in the five-day competition.