Shirin’s previous best electronic timing was 11.99s and hand-timing was 11.6s
Top national female sprinter Shirin Akter emerged as the fastest women of the country for the eighth consecutive time, while young athlete Hasan Mia became the fastest man for the second time after winning their respective 100m sprints on the inaugural day of the 15th National Summer Athletics at the turf of Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Friday.
Taking lessons from the past, the timing of the event was counted on both electronic and hand-timing.
The distinct difference between these two systems was also evident after the results were revealed.
Shirin of Bangladesh Navy clocked 12.2s in electronic timing and 12s in hand timing while her teammate Shohagi Akter clocked 12.47s (E) and 12.1s (H) to finish second.
Bangladesh Army’s Sharifa Khatun clocked 12.48s (E) and 12.2s (H) to be placed third.
Shirin’s previous best electronic timing was 11.99s and hand-timing was 11.6s.
“It’s not upset (not to break personal best) but pleasing. I was confident and worked hard. Credit to my coach (Abdullah Hel Kafi) and Navy for providing all support so that I could keep my place. I want to better my electronic timing and put up a good display in the upcoming South Asian Games,” said Shirin.
It was the second time Hasan faced a stiff challenge from the previous fastest man Mohammad Ismail, who set a new national record in the 100m sprint event in the last national athletics in January this year with a hand-timing of 10.2s.
Bangladesh Army’s Hasan, who won gold in the first ever Bangladesh Youth Games last year, clocked 10.61s in electronic timing and 10.3s in hand timing to finish his race while Ismail of Navy took 10.67s (E) and 10.35s (H) to finish just an inch behind the new fastest man.
Navy’s Rakibul Hasan placed third with 10.74s (E) and 10.4s (H).
Meanwhile, a new national record was set in the women’s high jump event by a former Bangladesh women’s football team goalkeeper Umme Hafsa Rumki, who wanted to continue with both football and athletics but the BFF asked him to choose one between them and she chose athletics.
Rumki, representing Bangladesh Jail, jumped 1.68m to break Sathi Parvin’s previous record of 1.66m in 2004.
Navy’s Plaboni Haque and Rotna Khatun finished second and third with 1.65m and 1.60m respectively.
A total of 498 athletes, including 395 males and 103 females from 55 teams, are taking part in a total of 36 events in the two-day event which will conclude Saturday.