Mohammad Jahir Rayhan set his eyes on next year’s South Asian Games and hoped to bring back a medal from the event of athletics where Bangladesh have a very poor record in recent times.
The young athlete surprised the country’s athletics arena last week when he reached the semi-finals in the 400m event of the IAAF World U-18 Championships 2017 in Kenya with his personal best timing of 48s.
The competition is considered as one of the world’s biggest for young athletics.
Jahir shared his experience after his surprising feat.
“They didn’t know about us before the heat but after I finished my run, they were surprised to know that Bangladesh also have sprinters. Some even asked me if Bangladesh are a country of sprinters,” said Jahir.
“The coaches helped me a lot. I did some extra practise of my own, sometimes at night in my room. I had to work hard for this achievement,” added the BKSP athlete following his return home.
Bangladesh’s performance in the major regional games – the SA Games – recently has been below average.
They failed to win a single medal out of the men’s 20 events in the athletics discipline in the last edition held in India last year.
Jahir hoped to end the drought.
“My first concentration will be the next SA Games. We have not won a medal there for a long time. If I can improve my timing a little bit then I can earn Bangladesh a medal there,” he said, adding that he is also preparing for the next Youth Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Argentina in 2018.