Pakistan boxer Muhammad Waseem knocked down Ghana’s Abdul Omar in the men’s fly 25 kg last-four round at the Commonwealth Games, subsequently reaching the final and confirming a silver medal for the country.
All three judges favoured Waseem, assigning him 30 points over Omer’s 27 in three rounds. The 26-year-old will now face Australia’s 23-year-old Andrew Moloney in the final on Saturday.
Earlier, Pakistan accumulated two silvers (judo, wrestling) and one bronze medal (wrestling) at the Games.
Aussies ease into hockey final
Australia cruised into the gold medal match of the women’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games on Friday with a 7-1 mauling of South Africa.
Winners of the gold medal in three of the four competitions since hockey was introduced to the Commonwealth programme, Australia have now scored 32 goals in winning their five games in Glasgow so far.
“I am very satisfied with the performance,” said Australia coach Adam Commens. “Our ability, particularly in the second-half, to finish off our chances was excellent.
“This team has come a long way from four years ago when we just battled through and in the end won a gold medal, which was a great achievement. But now we are really smashing sides so it shows the sky is the limit and we can really move on after this tournament.”
England’s Willstrop, Selby into last four
James Willstrop, England’s losing men’s singles finalist, kept alive his hopes of another medal after a closely-fought victory over New Zealanders Lance Beddoes and Paul Coll with partner Daryl Selby on Friday.
The English third seeds needed 68 minutes to win an exciting quarter-final 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 to make the last four as the doubles events progressed towards the final stages on Friday. Doubles is unusual in that the Commonwealth Games is one of the few opportunities players get to compete in such matches and one that Willstrop finds difficult to assess.
“I don’t really know about our chances, I’m not thinking too far ahead,” he said.
“Those guys have proved they are a superb pair together and we just have to, cliched I know, take each session as it comes because it is all too intense.
“They could have beaten us today [Friday] and that is going to be able to happen every game, we know that.
“I can’t really explain doubles, it’s like a leveller with different angles. There is a whole different environment but in badminton and tennis they have doubles specialists so it feels like a whole different sport to us.”
Nigeria weightlifter fails B sample
Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha faces a hearing before the Commonwealth Games Federation (GF) over her failed drugs test.
Amalaha, whose A sample failed a control after claiming gold in the women’s 53kg category on July 25, also produced a positive B sample.
The tests revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents.
GF chief executive Mike Hooper said the follow-up examination backed up the initial finding of the doping control that Amalaha went through after her victory in the 52kg class at the Clyde Auditorium seven days ago.
Hooper said on Friday, “I can report that the analysis on the Nigerian weightlifting Chika Amalaha’s B sample has been completed, and this has confirmed the analysis and finding of the A result.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2014.
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