Last Pakistani exits Rio Games

Published: August 16, 2016
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PHOTO COURTESY: NABIL TAHIR

PHOTO COURTESY: NABIL TAHIR

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Olympic adventures came to an end yesterday when athlete Najma Parveen, the country’s final representative at the Games in Rio, exited the tournament after finishing 70th overall in the women’s 200m race.

A total of nine heats took place and the 22-year-old finished last in the sixth heat with a time of 26.11sec, the third lowest from among the 72 athletes that participated in the heats. The top 24 athletes from all heats qualified for the semi-final, which will be held in three rounds.

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This event capped a disappointing Olympic campaign for Pakistan: none of its athletes managed to get past the qualification round.

Shooter Minhal Sohail finished 28th in the qualification round for the women’s 10m air rifle event, while Haris Bandey came last in the men’s 400m freestyle heats to exit the tournament. Judoka Shah Hussain Shah, who got a bye in the round of 64, crashed out of the first round he participated in; losing to Ukraine’s Artem Bloshenko in the round of 32.

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In the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event, Ghulam Mustafa Bashir finished 18th, while on the same day Lianna Swan, in the women’s 50m freestyle heats, and Mehboob Ali, in the first round of the men’s 400m race, also crashed out.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2016.

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  • Fahim
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:19AM

    As a military nation we should at least get some thing out of 15 Shooting and 14 wrestling events in Olympics that has ~90 medals overall. Army look into itRecommend

  • General Tribune
    Aug 16, 2016 - 12:10PM

    @Fahim, If Army has to look into everything, what are the ministries and bureaucracy for?Recommend

  • Most Unfortunate.
    Aug 16, 2016 - 12:16PM

    Pakistan’s showing in the Rio Olympics is a reflection of our Nation, as the above article points out we are last. The consolation is that we took part. For the last three Olympics Pakistan has not won a single medal. Is this not shameful,for a population of 180 million people. Small Countries like Jamaica and Singapore win Gold medals whose total population would not be equal to Karachi. This is where we are. Why can’t Schools, Colleges, Universities, sports clubs, institutions be set up to promote sport, why is sport not given more importance in the country as it should. Consider that Pakistan has a huge population below 30 years of age, i.e. the prime age for sport and physical activity, and yet we do not know how best to utilize this huge potential. Pakistan has huge amounts of land and natural resource, yet we are so very blind. Is Olympics only for television and other nations to take part??? Wake up. Wake up. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:14PM

    @Fahim:
    Get that notion of “military nation” or ‘martial races” out of your head ! That may have been true 400 years ago but now it comes across as ludicrous. If a country cannot provide proper training, facilities, diet and a scientific approach to preparing for sports in this day and age, our legacy of centuries past counts for nothing.Recommend

  • Ed
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:39PM

    Chalo with the distracting games behind them now they can now focus on sightseeing and shopping now.. The really important stuff…Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 16, 2016 - 4:59PM

    @Ed:
    Yep, and coming down with Zika would be the cherry on top !Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 16, 2016 - 6:56PM

    @General Tribune:
    may be we commoners wanted these many medals during more than 30 years of military Recommend

  • Fahad
    Aug 16, 2016 - 7:13PM

    I can hardly see any Indians commenting on this article the way they used to do 15 days ago regarding our dismal numbers to Olympics… because both India and Pakistan have the same number of medals ZERO..

    atleast Pakistan didn’t waste their taxpayers money on a holiday to RioRecommend

  • NAMASTE
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:43PM

    @Fahad:
    7 atheletes and 15 officials, yes nobody went for a holiday indeedRecommend

  • MK
    Aug 21, 2016 - 1:33PM

    hmmmmm and both sharp shooters trained with the Pakistan Navy, and Sohail is the daughter of a naval officer. After all this special training, they did not even qualify, this shows itself how brilliant the Navy provides training.Recommend

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