Pakistan men’s hockey team celebrated their second victory at the Youth Olympics with a 6-2 win over Germany in their second game of the Hockey5’s in Nanjing, China on Tuesday.
Seventeen-year-old Mubashir Ali rose to the occassion for Pakistan, scoring two goals to bring his Olympics tally to three. Muhammad Atiq, Shan Irshad, Muhammad Bilal and Nohaiz Zahid contributed a goal apiece.
Meanwhile, Felix Scheider and Luca Grossman were the scorers for Germany.
Pakistan had beaten Mexico in their opening Youth Olympics match with the same scoreline on Sunday.
The new Hockey5 format has been introduced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is being played at the Youth Olympics from August 16 to August 28.
There are nine members in a team with only five players on the field. Side boards surround a reduced field, there are no penalty corners and the game is split into three periods of 15 minutes each with an interval of two minutes between each period.
Pakistan will now face Zambia on Wednesday and then New Zealand on Thursday. Zambia have lost their two matches against China and New Zealand
There are ten nations competing, with two pools of five nations in each.
Panipak wins gold in taekwondo
Thai teenager Panipak Wongpattanakit kicked her way to taekwondo gold at the Youth Olympics to bring some welcome cheer for her nation.
Panipak, 17, claimed her country’s first gold at the Nanjing Games by beating Azerbaijan’s Ceren Ozbek 21-1 in the final of the women’s 44kg division and will head to next month’s Asian Games hopeful of another medal.
Thai Taekwondo Association president Pimol Srivikorn said that Panipak’s victory was a timely boost.
“It’s a huge relief for me that she won,” Pimol was quoted as saying by The Nation newspaper on Tuesday. “She’s one of our medal hopefuls at the upcoming Asian Games as well.”
Pimol was confident Panipak, who gave a warm embrace to Choi after victory, could continue her success.
“She’s only 17 so she has plenty of time to get better,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2014.
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