Priya beat Pakistani karatist Kouser Sana by 4-3 points in women's -55kg kumite event
Karateist Marzan Akter Priya bagged second gold medal of the day for Bangladesh in women's -55kg kumite event beating Pakistani karateist Kouser Sana by 4-3 points in the final in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu today.
"It’s not possible to express the feeling. I have never been so happy as I’m today. This is the best achievement of my life. I want to thank Allah for whose wish I’m here today. Then I want to thank my parents for all their supports and prayers. My father expected a gold from me for Bangladesh, that’s what he told me over phone yesterday," she said after the event.
Meanwhile, Al Amin Islam clinched gold in the men's 60kg kumite event in karate in the morning beating Pakistani karateist in the final by four points to secure the top place. Nepal won bronze in the same event which was the day's first event of karate.
"Al Amin’s gold inspired me a lot because it was Bangladesh’s first gold in the first event of the day. I was warming up as my game was next. Nothing was more pleasing to hear at that time. It boosted my confidence that I can also win gold. I was only remembering my father’s words. His name is Md Nuruzzaman, he is an ASI of Police," said Priya.
Priya completed SSC and HSC from Viqarunnisa School and College and now she is studying her first year in fine arts in Jagannath University.
"I started karate three years ago. I participated in some international events in India, Cambodia, Malaysia, but none of them was as big stage as it is. It was an instant decision to come into karate. I was studying in school. I found a place where I can practice with Khaled Mansur of Bashap. I joined a club competition then I joined Ansar in 2016. I won silver in first national meet. This is my first time in SA Games. I’ll have another event tomorrow in team kumi," added the 19-year-old.
Bangladesh won two silvers and seven bronzes in Karate on Monday.
Earlier, Bangladesh won its first gold medal in taekwondo on Monday when Dipu Chakma clinched gold in the 29+ age category in poomsae event.