Special Olympics Day four: Pakistan bag gold, silver medals

Published: July 1, 2011

Pakistan athletes at the Special Olympics find another reason to smile. PHOTO: SAIMA MOHSIN

KARACHI: 

Pakistan’s medal count increased on the fourth day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 when Shumail Rubab bagged a gold at the women’s singles bocce event, Husnain Abbas Zaidi secured silver in the men’s 25-metre backstroke competition and Tahir Siddique ended as runner-up in the shotput event.

Rubab won gold when she outplayed eight other athletes and finished ahead of Mexico’s Maria Jose Arce at the Games underway in Athens, Greece. Zaidi, who took 23.09 seconds to cover 25 metres, lost the first place to Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah AlShahrani. The hosts’ Konstantinos Garofalakis claimed bronze after he finished third.

In the shotput event, 17-year-old Siddique outplayed six other athletes in the four-kilogram shotput and recorded a distance of 7.45 metres. He lost the first place to South Africa’s Steven Gumede.

Meanwhile, Shaullah Asad will compete in the 50-metre freestyle event while Pakistan’s torch-bearer Farah Vohra has also qualified for the 25-metre freestyle event when she claimed first place in the preliminaries yesterday.

“The swimmers are very excited now,” Pakistan swimming coach Veena Masud told The Express Tribune. “After the cyclists, it’s the swimmers’ turn to win some medals.”

The women’s basketball team also recorded a 19-4 win against UAE while the Pakistan football team tasted defeat against Germany 2-1 and languishes at the bottom of the group.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Zain
    Jul 1, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Congratulations to the winners. I hope their achievements receive attention in the electronic media, too.Recommend

  • imtiaz
    Jul 1, 2011 - 12:15PM

    its good to come across such things in these days when our country is in such a mess.Recommend

  • ARF
    Jul 1, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Congratulations – way to go – the entire country is cheering for you.Recommend

  • shani
    Jul 1, 2011 - 6:53PM

    keep it up …we love you… you are the true motivation for us…GOD bless you…Recommend

  • Rohban
    Jul 1, 2011 - 7:55PM

    @ARF: No it isn’t just Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jul 1, 2011 - 9:48PM

    am really happy for my swimmers i traied them and i know that they will make me proud love to all my swimmers :) as our oat is “Let me win,but if i donot win let me be brave in the attemed “Recommend

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