Pakistan’s Special Olympians win seven more gold medals

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan’s Special Olympians continued living up to the billings as they bagged seven more gold and three bronze medals for the country in various sports on Thursday at Los Angles.

In tennis, the doubles crown was placed on the heads of Pakistani pair of Ahsan Anwar and Muhammad Arif Qayyum who defeated Venezuelan pair of Soleman and Eskander in straight sets 4-2, 4-0, according to information received here on Thursday.

All the competitors of tennis events were divided into four divisions on the basis of their ability and performance. Pakistani pair was placed in Open 4th Division, having 12 players in this group. As per rules four types of ITF approved balls were used for different categories of ability.

In the final round of table tennis Pakistan’s Muhammad Arham was too good for his opponents in the Division One competitions as he first rooted out Al-Ketbi Awadh of UAE 3-1. Then he overwhelmed Diouf Moha Hamaou of Senegal3-0. In his final encounter, he brushed aside Stojanovski David of Macedonia 3-0 to earn a gold medal. Diouf won silver and Stojanovski ended up with bronze .

Pakistan’s Ruqia finished with bronze in women table tennis singles in Division-II event. She won her match against Wong Ying of China 3-0 but lost her next fixtures to Hong Kong’s Chan Suetying and Wongting 0-3, 0-3 respectively.

Thursday was a great day for Pakistan’s Jahanzaib Iqbal, who in badminton singles event won all his three fixtures in straight sets from his German and Isle of Man opponents, clinching a gold medal in the event.

In athletics, Pakistan’s Ramail Irshad bagged gold medal in (Division46) 200-meter race as he covered the distance in 29:26 minutes. A total of eight players were running in this division. Meziane Zahid of Algeria won silver with 29.30 timing, while bronze went to Wong Khai Lunk.

Pakistan’s Marvi Azhar won bronze in 400-meter (Division 3) run. She covered the distance in 01:25:16. 
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Asim Zar, who had finished on top in the 100-meter (Division 14) swimming race on Wednesday was awarded gold medal. Earlier, his result was withheld due to technical reasons. However; in the end jury of the event decided in his favour and awarded him gold medal. His timing was 2.29.56 minutes. The other swimmer who was also awarded gold in the same race was Lowe Jonatham of Jamaica, whose timing was 2-34.12.

In the cycling events being played at Long beach some two hours’ drive from the city of Los Angles, Pakistan’s female cyclist Uzma Yousaf was too good for her opponents in the time and trial event as she clinched gold in one kilometer run, with the time of 2: 37:55 minutes. She was followed by Khadija of Irfan, who finished second to earn with 2: 57 minutes.Silver went to Elhadi Saffa of Morocco, whose timing was 2:45:76 minutes. In another time and trial one kilo meter race Pakistan’s Sumble Yousuf finished 7th.

Pakistan’s Aqsa also continued her impressive run and won prestigious gold in 50- meter backstroke in the Division Two meet of swimming. Her timing was 1.40.09 minutes. Silver medal went to Relsey of USA, while bronze was taken by Darling Gomez of Aruba. In basketball, Pakistan’s Special (traditional) team lost to Israel 19 -27. However, Pakistan’s unified team beat Luxemburg with 36-29 score.

Head coach S.M Tanveer in a statement said Pakistan basketball outfit missed several open opportunities of scoring points. Meanwhile, Chairperson Special Olympics Pakistan has congratulated all the medal winners and expressed the hope that country’s other Special Olympians would also perform well and bring glories for themselves and the country.

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