Pakistan’s Haris Bandey finishes last in 400m freestyle in Rio

Published: August 7, 2016
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PHOTO COURTESY: Haris Bandey Facebook

PHOTO COURTESY: Haris Bandey Facebook

KARACHI: In a disappointing turn of events, Pakistani swimmer Haris Bandey crashed out of the Rio Olympics in the first round as he came last in men’s 400m freestyle heat at the Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

Of 50 swimmers, Bandey was the last to complete the heat as he was timed at 4min 33.13sec. Whereas first place holder Conor Dwyer completed the heat in 3min 43.42sec and 49th place Pol Arias was timed at 4min 21.16sec.

The 17-year-old London-based swimmer didn’t even reach the score he reached at the 16th World Championship at Kazan, Russia in 2015.

Pakistan’s contingent looks to impress

Bandey is one of seven athletes along with 17 officials sent by Pakistan at the ongoing event in Brazil. Earlier, Pakistan’s first female shooter, Minhal Sohail, secured 28th position in the 10m air rifle event in Rio.

After yesterday’s results, Pakistan’s hopes for an Olympic medal lie with the five remaining athletes, which include swimmer Lianna Swan, judoka Shah Hussain Shah, shooter Ghulam Mustafa, and sprinters Mehboob Ali and Najma Parveen.

Previously, Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) president Majid Waseem claimed that Bandey and Lianna Swan are the best swimmers they have in the country. “These two swimmers have been practicing abroad and are the best swimmers we have,” he said.

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Here’s a list of top and bottom five results in Bandey’s heat:

1. Conor Dwyer (USA)                               3min 43.42sec

2. Mack Horton (Australia)                      3min 43.84sec

3. Gabriele Detti (Italy)                             3min 43.95sec

4. Sun Yang (China)                                 3min 44.23sec

5. David McKeon (Australia)                   3min 44.68sec

46. Jessie Lacuna (Philippines)               4min 01.70sec

47. Iacovos Hadjiconstantinou (Cyprus) 4min 03.53sec

48. Geoffrey Butler (Cayman Islands)     4min 07.87sec

49. Pol Arias (Andorra)                            4min 21.16sec

50. Haris Bandey (Pakistan)                    4min 33.13sec

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Adnan
    Aug 7, 2016 - 1:31PM

    To top it, he is not even a resident of Pakistan. Recommend

  • MK
    Aug 7, 2016 - 1:59PM

    hmmmmmmmmm Majid Waseem, so your best in the country finished last. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 7, 2016 - 2:00PM

    So what’s he grinning about ?!? Guess finishing last is an achievement in and of itself.Recommend

  • Nadiya Kassam
    Aug 7, 2016 - 3:12PM

    Absolutely appalled at this article! Instead of encouraging our young athletes, your harsh words will most certainly crush the morale of this accomplished 17 year old. None of us expect Pakistan to get very far, but lets at least support the talent we have sent.
    Congratulations on making it there Bandey! Recommend

  • Jawad
    Aug 7, 2016 - 3:56PM

    Beginning to doubt the credibility of news made on ET, 3 shooters qualified on basis of specific quota and the rest 4 are on wild card entries and you guys are hoping medals? Maybe our players need to be encouraged for the participation only at the moment and maybe ET needs to question about number of officials, Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 7, 2016 - 5:08PM

    Basic –> Better –> Best —– Best swimmer from the bottom !Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Aug 7, 2016 - 5:22PM

    What a proud moment for Pakistan!!!Recommend

  • Rahul
    Aug 7, 2016 - 6:07PM

    Playing not winning is what matters!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 7, 2016 - 6:13PM

    No shame in it. He qualified to participate which itself is a great achievement unlike our hockey team which failed to qualify. Shame on them.Recommend

  • mani
    Aug 7, 2016 - 6:17PM

    Its shame that a country of 200 million people is not able to win a single medal in any sport at Olympics Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Aug 7, 2016 - 10:23PM

    Proud of you Harris. Your time is excellent. Little more training and international competitions exposure would bring you in the top three in the world.
    Well done and keep it up.Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 7, 2016 - 10:29PM

    Author, Editor and maybe Pakistan has no sense of the spirit of the Olympics. It’s not about winning and especially not about emphasizing that some contestant came in last. You should be celebrating all the hard work it took for this athlete to reach the Olympics. The term “grow up” comes to mind. Recommend

  • Fahim
    Aug 7, 2016 - 10:33PM

    Still close, just 1 minute late. Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:24AM

    Every sector of our country is failing

    It can be repaired only by appointing sensible and corrupt less peopleRecommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 8, 2016 - 12:46AM

    Congratulations for coming at the top but from bottom. Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • He's a hero
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:02AM

    Kid you made us proud keep up the good work. All the negative comments are from cynics who have not even achieved getting a place in their school athletics. Recommend

  • Humza
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:13AM

    @mani: Pakistan has won in the past in other sporting events and it’s a shame that you cannot understand the real message of the Olympic Games. Despite little official support and training facilties, Pakistani athletes give their best.
    @MK: He did his best and that is what matters. He may have had a bad day or there may be any number of reasons to explain his poor performance but everyone should be proud of him and support him. He represented and tried. That is what matters.Recommend

  • Babu
    Aug 8, 2016 - 1:41AM

    He must be a relative of one of our government officials, hence given the token spotRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 8, 2016 - 3:20AM

    @mani: There is unlimited talent in Pakistan and our athletes have proved it world over but since fundamentalist, terrorists and religious fanatics have taken over our educational, media and cultural institutes, Pakistan has slipped to bottom. In a country where a “Marathon Winner” is actually that fundamentalist who did not allow organizers to hold Marathon is praised in media and in society, expecting that someone will win medals is foolish. Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 8, 2016 - 6:22AM

    Reading between the lines, our best stands at bottom on world stage. Our products (any kind) need to be of top quality to compete at any level. Just talking about something non-stop doesn’t get things done. Do something … Or be quiet like a slave nation we have become. Recommend

  • Altaf hussein
    Aug 8, 2016 - 9:55AM

    Congratulations – at least we have better time than IndiaRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 9, 2016 - 5:26AM

    @Altaf hussein:
    Too bad for you that India didn’t send any swimmers for this particular event!
    BTW what was India’s time for this heat?????Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 9, 2016 - 1:53PM

    @Jawad:
    Please correct its two shooters and one Judoka who gained qualification rest were given wild card entriesRecommend

  • Ali
    Aug 9, 2016 - 1:56PM

    @curious2:
    Its not only about finishing last. He dis not even reached the time on which he gained wild card entry.. he was 1.23 seconds slower. What would you call this?Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 9, 2016 - 2:00PM

    @Humza:
    He practices and trains throughout the year in London.. He doesnt even live in Pakistan. He doesn’t know what it is like to be an athlete training in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Gulnefer
    Aug 10, 2016 - 6:22AM

    For me he is a winner!! He got selected & he gave his best !! well done Harris !!! We are all very proud of you
    The envious will always pull you down !!Recommend

  • Zayn Malik
    Aug 10, 2016 - 8:19AM

    This is a boy who is not even Pakistani.
    He is a British citizen from rich parents. He was allowed to use Pakistan’s name to go to Olympics. He is made now.
    He can go to any University in the world with full scholarship and will get any job of his choosing after he graduates. Such is the power of being an Olympian.
    That is how the rich and powerful use Pakistan’s name and then dump it in the dumpster.
    He could not have even dreamed even applying for the Olympics from Britain.Recommend

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