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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