August 14, 2016 - 11:37am
Like his female compatriot, Bangladesh's fastest sprinter Mezbah Ahmed failed to qualify for the first round heats after lagging too far behind the eight qualifiers in the preliminary round of the heats at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
The 21-year-old sprinter clocked 11.34 seconds to finish 14th among 21 competitors in the preliminary heats. Had he been able to clock his best time of 10.72 seconds, he would have easily moved into the first round of the heats.
Said Hassan of Maldives clocked the fastest time at 10.43 seconds while the eighth and final qualifier clocked 10.92 seconds.
Both sprinters from Bangladesh -- Mezbah and Shirin Akter -- received wild card entries for Rio 2016 after the official allocation date had passed. While the swimmers from Bangladesh managed to improve on their timing, the two sprinters' performances left everyone disappointed. The sprinters themselves however had been saying that they hardly got the proper training required to participate in an Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, after a day of relative respectability, golfer Siddikur Rahman was back in the mire with a frustrating third round performance at the Olympic Golf Course on Saturday. Having started the day at 46th position, the two-time Asian Tour winner dropped back to 55th position -- his initial position after the first round -- with a third round score of four-over (75).
His three-day aggregate score read seven-over (220). With only one round left, the 31-year-old golfer will be hoping that his Rio journey ends on a positive note as it started with him carrying the Bangladesh flag at the opening ceremony.