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Mahfuzur earns maiden high jump medal for Bangladesh in SA Games

  • Published at 11:45 am December 3rd, 2019
Mahfuzur Rahman celebrates winning silver in the high jump event of the South Asian Games in Kathmandu Tuesday Courtesy

The Kushtia-born athlete cleared 2.16m, which is a new national record as well

It was once again an average show by the Bangladesh athletes on the track and field, except for Mahfuzur Rahman, who bagged the country's maiden silver medal in the South Asian Games high jump event in its 13th edition Tuesday.

Mahfuzur was placed jointly at second with Chethan Balasub of India in the men's high jump event in the first day of athletics events at Dasharath Rangasala Stadium. 

Indian high-jumper Anil Sarvesh bagged gold (2.21m).

The Kushtia-born athlete cleared 2.16m, which is a new national record as well. 

The previous record of 2.15m was also set by Mahfuzur during the last national summer meet three months ago.

Mahfuzur finished fourth in the 2016 SAG with a 2m jump.

"It’s my first international medal at senior level. It’s also my personal best. I'm so happy," said Mahfuzur, who won gold in the same event of the junior (U-20) Athletics Championship in India last month with a 2.10m jump. 

It was only Mahfuzur and two Indians who cleared 2.16m after the bar was raised. 

"We lagged behind them in terms of training facilities. They did their practice at home and abroad all the year. If I had practiced well long term, I could have won gold here."