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Bangladesh bag 3 more gold in SA Games

Bangladesh bag 3 more gold in SA Games

Bangladesh won three more gold medals, all in karate, on the second day of the XIII SA Games yesterday in Kathmandu. Humayra Akhter Antora earned her maiden gold medal in the regional games following her bronze medal, which she won on the first day. Apart from Humayra, Mohammed Al Amin and Marzana Akhter Piya also bagged one gold medal each to take Bangladesh’s gold tally to four, with three coming in karate and one in taekwondo through Dipu Chakma.

Mahfuzur Rahman bagged the first medal in athletics. He not only leapt to run away with the silver but also bettered the national record. Mohammed Al Amin opened the day’s account by winning gold in the men’s 60 kg Kumite after outplaying his Pakistani opponent, Jafor, by 7–3 points. He had defeated the Rajin Podasani of Nepal by 7–5 points on his way to the final. In his reaction after winning the gold, Al Amin expressed his confidence of doing well at the world level. “I believe I will be able to do well at the world level. But high-profile training and participation in events abroad are needed to achieve this goal. If I can take part in competitions abroad, then it would be possible for me to succeed at that (world) level,” he said.

Marzana Akhter Piya won the day’s second gold in the women’s Under-55 Kumite, defeating Kawsar Sana of Pakistan by 4–3 points. She secured the final spot after outplaying Nepal’s Manish Chowdhury by 2–1 points.

Piya thanked the Almighty Allah and her parents and coaches for the success. “I am grateful to Allah for being able to bring such a big honour to the country. I also thank my parents who supported me to come to this stage. It would not have been possible without their help.”

“When I did not get support from them, I became very annoyed. When they supported me to carry on with karate, I became confident of doing something for the country. I also express my gratitude to the coach and trainer as my success came because of their proper guidance,” she added.  Humayra Akhter Antora, who won the first medal for Bangladesh in karate on the opening day of the game, won her first gold in women’s Under-61 kg Kumite. She defeated the Nepal’s Anu Gurung by 5-2 points in the final after making it to the spot by eliminating Pakistan’s Gulnaz in the semi-final by 4–0 points.

“I have always dreamt of winning the SA Games gold. I always pursued that dream. It’s a great feeling. I sacrificed so many things in my life to reach this level. Even my education was hampered. But I’m very happy now!” said the golden girl. In the men’s event, Ushu Chang Chuan event Omar Faruque won the silver. One silver medal also came from women’s shooting. In the women’s 10-metre air rifle team event, Syeda Atkia Hassan Disha, Umme Zakia Sultana Tumpa, and Sharmin Akhter won that medal.   Bangladesh won yet another silver medal in the shooting when the men’s team, comprising Yusuf Ali, Abdullah Hel Baki, and Shovon Chowdhury, won the medal in the 50-metre air rifle shooting. But in the men’s single event, Yusuf could manage only the sixth place and Baki stood seventh, while Shovon Chowdhury failed to make it to the final.