Know Our Tokyo Olympians: Jahir Rayhan
The Olympics are back! After an extended wait, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has now finally commenced. Amid the global pandemic, watching athletes put forth their best to represent their nations boosts our will in these uncertain times. Bangladesh is also sending their champions to represent the country in arguably the biggest sports competition in the World! We will take a look at the athletes representing Bangladesh at the Tokyo Olympics. Today the spotlight will be on the track athlete, Mohammad Jahir Rayhan.
Mohammad Jahir Rayhan is among the youngest of the six participants in the Tokyo Olympics. He was born in April 2001 in Sherpur Bangladesh. His craze about sports has been apparent from his early age. Rayhan states that he was a football fanatic growing up. His parents wanted him to pursue the standard educational route but his passion for sports shone through in the end. On his father’s wishes, he got into athletics. He got admission in the most prestigious Bangladeshi Sports Institute: BKSP and pursued Athletics. He began training as an Athlete in 2012. He studies in Jessore University of Science and Technology currently. His sports team is the Bangladesh Navy Track and Field.
In Track and Field
Rayhan has seen enviable success on the national level in Track and Field. His preferred events are 200m and 400m sprints. He has shown exceptional performance in the 400m. Rayhan recently broke a 32 year record of Athlete Milzar Hossain and now holds the fastest time in the National Level in the 400m sprint. The current record he set is 46.86 seconds. Rayhan has also represented Bangladesh in other International Athletic Competitions. His best time and attended competitions include:
- World Athletic Championships 2019 in Qatar, 400m Heat (48.48 seconds)
- Asian Championships 2019 in Qatar, 400m Heat (48.51 seconds)
- World Youth Championships 2017 in Kenya (48.22 Seconds)
Rayhan also went through some struggles in his track and field career. In 2019 he was hospitalized with altitude sickness at a certain event in Nepal. But he persevered and worked to accomplish his goals. His dream was to one day represent the Bangladesh Olympics. This has become true as he is one of the Bangladeshis at the Tokyo Olympics 2020! Let’s cheer Mohammad Jahir Rayhan and the other Bangladeshi Olympians to the finish line and beyond!