Pakistan cyclists continued their impressive form on the third day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 underway in Athens, Greece when Sana Javed bagged a gold medal in the five-kilometre (km) time-trial event while Billawal Aslam bagged bronze in the 10-km road race.
Fourteen-year-old Javed covered the distance in 14 minutes and 2.90 seconds to secure the first position as she outran India’s A Marymanda, with a difference of one minute and 10 seconds.
Javed clinched her second medal at the Games, having previously bagged a silver in the 1000-metre time-trial event.
“I’m so happy with this extra-ordinary achievement,” Javed told The Express Tribune.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Aslam bagged the bronze medal as he covered the distance in 19 minutes and 7.53 seconds, being two minutes and five seconds slower than Germany’s Christian Zinserling. Colombia’s Carlos Morales secured the second place in the event.
“I’m very proud of our cyclists, they’ve proved that they have more spirit than the athletes with normal intellectual ability,” said cycling coach Ishrat Zehra.
“Both Javed and Aslam have two medals each and they’re beaming with confidence.”
Meanwhile the men’s basketball team defeated Uruguay 24-6 in a one-sided encounter. Similarly, the women’s team maintained their winning streak when they outplayed Turkey 13-7 in the qualifying matches.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2011.