DHAKA – One more national record was set on the second day of the Bangabandhu 44th National Athletics Competition held today at Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Rinky Biswash of Bangladesh Navy set the new national record after seventeen years in the 3000m women’s event clocking 10:43.30 after eclipsing the previous mark of 11:08.15 set by Halima Khanom Bithi in 2003.
Earlier, on the first day, Ritu Akter of Bangladesh Army set the new national record in the women’s high jump event.
A total of twenty three events were decided on the second day (Saturday) with Bangladesh Navy dominate the table with 29 medals including twelve gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals while Bangladesh Army placed at second position also with 29 medals including nine gold, fourteen silver and six bronze medals.
Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Party stand at third position with one gold and one bronze medal.
Earlier, state minister for youth and sports Mohammad Zahid Ahsan Russell MP formally inaugurated the meet as the chief guest in the afternoon.
BAF president ASM Ali Kabir presided over the opening ceremony of the meet.
A total of 438 men and women athletes from forty five associations including 34 district and divisional sports associations, four universities, one education board, Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force, Bangladesh Jail, and Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Party are taking part in the meet, which is being held
marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Organised by Bangladesh Athletics Federation (BAF), the competition is being held in thirty six events with men and women athletes, split into two groups, are taking part in the meet.
Among the thirty-six event, twenty-two of men’s and fourteen of women’s events. The first, second and third place finishers from the thirty six events will get Taka 3,000.00 Taka 2,000.00 and Taka 1,000.00 as prize money while the record holders will get Taka 5,000.00 each.
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh is expected to present in the prize distribution ceremony of the competition as the chief guest tomorrow (Sunday) and distribute the prizes.BSS