KARACHI: Pakistan’s athletes failed to impress in the Asian Grand Prix being held in Bangkok and ended the opening day without any medals.
Liaquat Ali (100m) failed to take advantage of Asian Games champion Lao Yi and Asian champion Su Bingtian pulling out of the event and could only finish fifth in 10.7 seconds. Farhan Ahmed disappointed in his 800m event as he also finished fifth with a time of 1:50:91. Meanwhile, Rabia Ashiq ended fifth out in her 800m race, clocking 2:13:25 while Zeenat Parveen missed out on a bronze as she ended her shot put event fourth with a best throw of 13.62m, well short of her national record which is 14.57m.
“Liaquat was under pressure because he had strong competition in the lanes next to him,” Subedar Zulfiqar, the contingent coach, told The Express Tribune. “The weather is ideal and I am hoping that he bags a medal in the next meet. I’ve asked him to aim for a 10.3 or 10.4 that would surely land him a medal.”
Rabia, meanwhile, was confident going into the next meet after clocking her personal best.
“I’ve notched up my personal best and that too in a big event which is a real boost,” she said. “I’m now aiming for a bronze.”
The second meet will be held in Kanchanaburi on May 11 while the third one will take place in Chonburi on May 14.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.