Juvenile sprinters Hasan Mia and Rupa Khatun caught the fourth day's headlines after being crowned with gold medal in the 200m
Rajshahi and Chittagong continued to dominate the overall leader-board, closely followed by Khulna and Dhaka, while juvenile sprinters Hasan Mia and Rupa Khatun caught the fourth day’s headlines after being crowned with gold medal in the 200m. Among others, Urmi Akter of Khulna clinched a couple of golds on the concluding day of badminton; Rajshahi won the day’s all three golds in boxing, and also became champion in women’s handball; Chittagong reigned supreme in squash and taekwondo while Khulna dominated in wrestling.
Both Hasan and Rupa are familiar faces in the track of Bangabandhu National Stadium. Both are students of BKSP and have already become champion in the national junior athletics championship. Hasan, representing Chittagong, clocked 22s to bag gold in the boys’ 200m sprint, beating young athlete Zahir Raihan (22.30s) of Mymensingh. Zahir had won gold in the 400m sprint the previous day. In the girls’ category of the same event, Rupa, playing for Rajshahi, touched the finishing line in 26s while silver-winner Sumaiya Dewan of Dhaka took 26.5s.
Four gold-deciding events out of a total of 14 took place Tuesday with Dhaka athletes winning the other two. Sharmin Akter and Mahmudul Hasan Shaon clinched first spot in the girls’ shot-put and boys’ discus throw respectively.
A high-flying Dhaka women’s team will take on a spirited Mymensingh side in the final of the girls’ football at Kamalapur Stadium Wednesday while Sylhet and Rajshahi will lock horn with each other in the boys’ final.
The third-place deciding matches were held Tuesday where Chittagong and Rangpur claimed bronzes in the girls’ and boys’ football respectively.
Chittagong, riding on the girls of the Hill Tracts, earned a convincing 6-0 win over Khulna with Champa Chakma netting four goals. Rangpur defeated Dhaka 3-0 thanks to a brace from Jony.
The Kabbadi finals will be held Wednesday as table-topper Mymensingh take on Chittagong in the girls’ event. The boys’ semi-final will also be held Wednesday as Chittagong face off against Dhaka while in the second event, Rajshahi and Sylhet will go head to head. The final of the boys’ event will also be held on the same day.
Dhaka and Khulna confirmed their berths in girls’ hockey. In the first semi-final, Khulna won 4-0 against Rajshahi while Dhaka beat Rangpur 3-2 in the second match. The boys’ hockey finalists are Rangpur and Rajshahi. Rangpur beat Dhaka 2-1 while Rajshahi won against Chittagong 5-0.
In the girls’ badminton event, Urmi Akhter from Khulna won both the singles and doubles. She beat Sylhet’s Zerin 21-10, 21-4 to win the singles title in straight sets. In doubles, Urmi and her teammate Shathi beat Chittagong’s Tisha and Farzana 21-14, 21-14 in straight sets as well. Chittagong’s Sibgat won the boys’ singles title by defeating Sylhet’s Lokman 22-20, 21-14. Sylhet’s Mangal and Gourab beat Chittagong’s Sibhat and Akik 21-9, 24-22 to win the doubles title.
In the girls’ 48kg boxing event, Rajshahi’s Fatema Akhter beat Dhaka’s Jamuna Akhter to clinch gold. In the boys’ 49kg final, Anik Hawladar beat Abir Rahman while in the 52kg final, Abu Talha beat Abdur Razzak. All boxers hail from Rajshahi.
Chittagong dominated the squash events as both the boys’ and girls’ event finals saw the side clinch gold. The port city boys beat Khulna 2-1 while the girls dominated Barisal 2-0.
Chittagong won seven golds, four silvers and seven bronzes in the taekwondo events. In the boys’ 51kg and below category, Rangpur’s Mamunur Rashid clinched gold while the 55kg category and below saw Dhaka’s Mohammed Ilias bag the gold. The girls’ 46kg and below event saw Dhaka’s Khatune Jannat emerge victorious while Chittagong’s Israt Jahan Riya earned gold in the 89kg and below event.