Navy retain national athletics title

Bangladesh Navy emerged champions for second consecutive time while Bangladesh Army finished as runners-up in National Athletics Championships.

The the 44th edition of the national sports event concluded at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.

Navy finished with 21 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals while Army won 13 gold, 20 silver and nine bronze medals. Bangladesh Ansar finished third with one gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

This edition of the national athletics saw the experienced campaigners dominating the show, with most of the last edition’s winners retaining gold medal in their respective events.

Ritu Akter of Bangladesh Army produced the only surprise result in this edition when she set a new record in women’s high jump by clearing an impressive 1.70-metre, dethroning last year’s gold medalist Umme Hafsa Rumki.

Top names in Bangladesh athletics like Mohammad Ismail, Zahir Rayhan, Shirin Akter etc throughout the event have reiterated the need for the athletes to train abroad in better facilities to improve their performance.


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