Weightlifter Mabia Akter ended a three-day long gold drought for Bangladesh in the SA Games when clinched gold in women’s 76kg weight category of women’s weightlifting in Pokhara Nepal on Saturday.
Ziarul Islam followed Mabia to win second gold for Bangladesh in men’s 96kg weight category by lifting 262kg- 120kg in snatch and 142kg in clean & jerk.
Mabia lifted 185kg - 80kg in snatch and 105kg in clean& jerk- to finish ahead of Sri Lanka’s BC Pryanthi.
This is Mabia’s second gold medal in as many SA Games after she won a gold medal in 2016 Guwahati Games in 63kg weight category.
Fencing player Fatema Mujib earned the third gold for Bangladesh in women’s individual sabre event. This is the first-ever gold for Bangladesh from fencing in SA Games.
With the success of weightlifters Mabia, Ziarul and fencer Fatema, Bangladesh has now won seven gold medals in the ongoing 13th edition of the SA Games.
Bangladesh won their four other gold medals in taekwondo and karate.