Paralympics: Disappointment for Pakistan medal hope Ali

The 27-year-old from Gujranwala, had three no-jumps in the F37/38 final, which eliminated him from the competition.


Afp September 05, 2012

LONDON: Pakistan's Haider Ali on Wednesday crashed out of the men's long jump, ending hopes of becoming the troubled South Asian nation's first Paralympic gold medallist.

The 27-year-old from the "City of Wrestlers" in Gujranwala, north of Lahore, had three no-jumps in the F37/38 final at the Olympic Stadium, which eliminated him from the competition.

The gold was won by Gocha Khugaev with a jump of 6.31m. In combined class field events, distance is converted into points, leaving the Russian on a new world record of 1,028.

Ma Yuxi of China won silver, with Dyan Buis of South Africa in bronze.

Ali, who has cerebral palsy, won silver at the last Games in Beijing behind Mohamed Farhat Chida of Tunisia. Chida could only manage fourth this time round.

The Pakistani athlete is one of only two at the London Games and the country's only Paralympic medallist.

But Pakistan's National Paralympic Committee is hoping their participation will be a spur to greater funding and help change traditional attitudes towards disability in the conservative Muslim nation.

COMMENTS (6)

Haider | 9 years ago | Reply

Oh well!

Jannah | 9 years ago | Reply

Really disappointed that we came last in both the races! Ali Haider has so much potential and a great attitude. The Muslim countries were well represented in the races but sadly Pakistan failed not just our athlete. Hope this will lead to further funding and greater training for our amazing Paralympic talent. Better luck next time and we love you Ali Haider!

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