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Weightlifters bag record silver, swimmers none yet

  • Published at 09:40 pm December 6th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Junayna Ahmed in action at the South Asian Games in Nepal Friday Courtesy

Bangladesh’s first gold at the 2016 SAG came through the hands of Mabia Akter Shimanta while the two others out of a total of four golds were won by swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila, but the swimmers won only five bronzes in two days of swimming events so far

Weightlifters continued their fine show at the 13th South Asian Games so far, bagging their highest silvers in a single edition in only two days, while the swimmers passed another day without a single silver.

Bangladesh’s first gold at the 2016 SAG came through the hands of Mabia Akter Shimanta while the two others out of a total of four golds were won by swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila, but the swimmers won only five bronzes in two days of swimming events so far.

The weightlifters however, bagged two more silvers in Pokhara Friday totaling four silvers, their highest ever silvers in a single edition. 

They won a couple of silver each in 2004, 2010 and 2016.

Rokeya Sultana Sathi and Shakhawat Hossain notched silver in their respective events. 

Sathi clinched her medal in the women's 71kg weight category, lifting a total of 155kg, including 70kg in snatch and 85kg in clean and jerk. 

Manpreet Kaur of India won gold.   

Shakhawat took silver in the men's 89kg weight category, lifting a total of 268kg including 123kg in snatch and 145kg in clean and jerk.

Bikash Thapa of Nepal won gold in the event.

Mabia will take part in her event Sunday where the region’s favorite India are not participating. 

“I will play against the Nepalese and Sri Lankan weightlifters. It doesn’t matter much that India are not taking part in this particular event because Sri Lankans are very good this time, and they beat India in other events. I will try my best to retain the gold,” said Mabia.

The swimmers won only a couple of bronze in swimming at Satdobato Sports Complex Friday through Junayna Ahmed and Faisal Ahmed in the women’s 400m IM and men’s 1500m freestyle event respectively.

Junayna took 5:25.23s in the event where Indian swimmers Richa Mishra and Apeksha Delyla won gold and silver respectively with timings 5:03.36s and 5:09.74s respectively.

Faysal clocked 17:00.33s to complete his race where Kushagra Rawat of India and Dilanka Sheha of Sri Lanka finished top and second with 15:08.83s and 16:57.12s respectively.

The female swimmers couldn’t win a medal in the 100m breaststroke event where Shila won gold in the last edition. 

Rumana Akter and Mukti Khatun finished fifth and seventh with 1:19.87s and 1:21.05s timing respectively.