Butt claims Pakistan’s first weightlifting gold

Finishes with a total of 360 points in snatch and jerk events to bag top spot.


Our Correspondent February 10, 2016
Pakistan's Mohammad Nooh Dastagir (c) poses with his gold medal in the Super Heavyweight category of weightlifting. Photo: AP

KARACHI: Teenager Mohammad Nooh Dastgir Butt claimed Pakistan’s first gold in weightlifting on the fourth day of the South Asian Games by winning the +105kg men’s event in Guwahati in India.

The 17-year-old amassed 160 points in the snatch category and 200 in the jerk to finish with a total score of 360 and secure Pakistan’s fifth gold in the regional event.

Meanwhile, Pakistani athletes also won five bronze medals — one each in wushu, cycling, volleyball, swimming and badminton — to take their total medal tally from 29 to 35, while tennis player Aisamul Haq Qureshi confirmed two semi-final appearances; the men’s singles event and the mixed doubles event with Ushna Sohail.

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In the wushu taolu-daoshu and gunshu event, Mohammad Waleed Ajmal finished third with 15.35 points to claim bronze, while in the 100km individual road-race cycling event, Nisar Ahmed finished behind Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Pilippenge and India’s Pankaj Kumar to finish third and bag a bronze medal.

Pakistan men’s volleyball team won the third-place match 25-17, 25-19, 25-13 against Maldives to claim bronze, while they had to settle for yet another third-place finish in the men’s badminton team event as they lost 3-0 to India in the semi-final.

In swimming, Bisma Khan clocked 31.95sec to finish third in the 50m women’s backstroke event to bag a bronze medal, while compatriot Areeba Sheikh finished seventh in the same event.

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Aisam, meanwhile, defeated Sri Lanka’s Harshna Godamanna 6-4, 7-6 in the quarter-final and will now face India’s Saketh Meyneni in the next match, while the tennis ace also paired up with Ushna to defeat Bangladesh 6-4, 6-4 in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th,  2016.

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