Bangladesh's fastest man Mezbah Ahmed exited the 2016 Rio Olympics as he finished fourth out of seven participants in the heats of the men’s 100-metre event on Saturday.
Mezbah, who clocked 11.34 seconds, ended at 14th place among 21 athletes in the overall standings.
This was the 21-year old’s maiden appearance at the Olympics. Mezbah's best timing is 10.72s and even if he had clocked 10.76s in the preliminaries, he would have qualified for the first round.
The timing is Bangladesh's poorest result in the Olympics after the Sydney Games in 2000. Athlete Mohan Khan took part in the last Olympics in London 2012 where he clocked 11.25s while Abu Abdullah Mohammad and Mohammad Shamsuddin clocked 11.07s and 11.13s respectively in the Beijing Games in 2008 and Athens Games in 2004.
Meanwhile on Friday, swimmer Sonia Akter Tumpa saw the exit door after being eliminated in the heats of the women’s 50m freestyle event. The Jhenaidah swimmer recorded her best ever personal timing – 29.99s.
Sonia concluded her mission at 69th place out of 88 participants.