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SAG2019: Antara bags fourth gold for Bangladesh

  • Published at 12:51 pm December 3rd, 2019

Antara beat Nepal's Anu Gurung by 5-2 points in the final of the women's -61kg kumite event 

Karateist Humaira Akther Antara earned Bangladesh its fourth gold medal in total and third in karate after beating Nepal's Anu Gurung by 5-2 points in the final of the women's -61kg kumite event at the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu today.

"I’m very happy. It was my dream to win gold in SA Games since I started karate. I sacrificed many things including my study for this game. I completed my HSC this year. I missed the admission tests of University of Dhaka and Dhaka Medical College just because of the SA Games preparation. If I were not playing here I would have got admitted to a good university," said the teenager.

Antara, who won the first medal for Bangladesh in this SA Games on Monday winning bronze in the women's individual kata event, smashed Gul Naz of Pakistan by 4-0 points in the semifinals.

"I started playing karate in 2013. Karate is very helpful for the girls. Beside, I have a soft corner for karate since childhood. I can defend me, I don’t need anyone’s support. That’s why I chose karate. My dream was to become a doctor. I studied in Wills Little," she added.

Earlier today, Karatist Al Amin Islam clinched gold in the men's 60kg kumite event in the morning while Marzan Akter Priya bagged second gold of the day in women's -55kg kumite event beating Pakistani Kouser Sana by 4-3 points in the final.

"I got more inspired after seeing Al Amin and Priya win gold. The most difficult game was against Nepal in the final. I have a dream to do something for the country. I saw Sun win gold in 2010 which left a desire in me," the prodigy said after the event. 

"Everybody, no individual, helped me to make me what I’m today. They believed in me and I was not sure before today if I could keep their faith. I dedicate this gold to everyone who kept faith in me. I was only thinking of national flag. I had three gold medals in the last national meet. Today, I have fulfilled my dream (crying)."

Meanwhile, Bangladesh already have bagged same number of gold medals in only two days they won in the whole Games last edition.