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July 2, 2011

Special Olympics Summer Games 2011: Day five: Pakistan reach impressive heights

Pakistan have bagged medals in a number of event including bocce, cycling, badminton and table tennis and are certain to at least win a silver in the basketball event. PHOTO: SAIMA MOHSIN


Pakistan athletes reached unprecedented heights on an impressive fifth day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 in Athens when Bakhtawar Gul and Ayesha Iftikhar bagged the top two positions at the girls’ 100-metre race, while Adeel Ameer secured a gold medal in the high jump event and Ali Sakhawat grabbed a silver medal in the men’s 200-metre race.

Rabia Saeed won the badminton women’s singles title and Mehwish Iftikhar won gold in the women’s singles table tennis event.

Eleven-year-old Gul covered the distance in 17.37 seconds while nine-year-old Ayesha followed her squad-member to bag a silver medal with 17.90 seconds to finish second. The athletes outran five other competitors in their division, as Bahrain’s Nayla H Aalathem came third with 18.12 seconds.

Meanwhile, Ameer won the gold medal in the high jump event when he covered 1.35 metres to outplay Switzerland’s Alfio Lorenzetti (1.25 metres), and Argentina’s Dario machuca (1.20 metres).

Similarly, 22-year-old Sakhawat Ali won the silver medal when he covered the distance of 200-metres in 25.53 seconds, losing the first place to China’s Bayaer Haosi with the difference of 11 seconds. Jmaica’s Owen Reitchie finished third with 25.72 seconds on the clock.

“We had an exciting day here with a lot of celebration and a major disappointment as well,” athletics coach Javad Arshad told The Express Tribune.

“Rahimullah Baig had almost won a silver medal in the 800-metre race today, but he got disqualified. We couldn’t believe it. The officials said that he entered into the race from a wrong position and ran before the signal.”

On the other hand, Saeed defeated South Korea’s Han Ui Lim 2-0 in the women’s badminton singles final. She had outplayed Netherlands’ Celine van Parijs 2-0 and China’s Chenxue 2-1 earlier in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, cyclists Billawal Aslam and Mohammad Nazeer Ahmed grabbed bronze medals in the five-kilometre men’s time trial event.

Aslam covered the distance in nine minutes and 5.62 seconds outrunning seven other competitors, losing to Colombia’s Carlos Gonzales (eight minutes and 39.89 seconds) and Greece’s Panagiotis Kontos (nine minutes and 4.84 seconds). Ahmed finished third in his division with 10 minutes and 17.69 seconds.

Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team continued with their winning streak when they defeated the UAE 31-10 in the semi-final.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

July 1, 2011

Pakistan bag gold, silver medals Special Olympics Day four:

Pakistan athletes at the Special Olympics find another reason to smile. PHOTO: SAIMA MOHSIN


Pakistan’s medal count increased on the fourth day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 when Shumail Rubab bagged a gold at the women’s singles bocce event, Husnain Abbas Zaidi secured silver in the men’s 25-metre backstroke competition and Tahir Siddique ended as runner-up in the shotput event.

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June 30, 2011

Special Olympics Summer Games 2011, day two: Pakistan’s medal bag gets heavier

Cyclists Fajar Zaheer and Sana Javed bagged silver medals in the 1000-metre races in Athens. PHOTO: SAIMA MOHSIN


Pakistan extended their impressive form on day two of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 underway in Athens, Greece when cyclists Fajar Zaheer and Sana Javed bagged silver medals in the 1000-metre races while the bocce team bagged the bronze medal.

Twelve-year-old Zaheer secured the silver medal in her division when she covered the distance in two minutes and 45.20 seconds, losing the first position to Czech Republic’s Denisa Kmentova, who bagged the gold medal with two minutes and 17.34 seconds, while Costa Rica’s Maricruz Marin finished third.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Javed also bagged second place in the 1000-metre race in division F02. She covered the distance in three minutes and 0.86 seconds, while Mexico’s Julissa Colorado took the first position and India’s Samriti Sethi secured third place with a difference of 18 seconds.

Zaheer and Javed will now participate in the five-kilometre (km) time-trial event, while gold medallist Billawal Aslam will compete in the 10-km road race today.

“Our cyclists are doing very well and I believe that Aslam’s gold medal has motivated others as well,” coach Ishrat Zehra told The Express Tribune.

“ Zaheer and Javed had confidence issues in the beginning but they performed very well.”

Meanwhile, on the men’s basketball front, Pakistan defeated Nigeria 34-7 after losing their first match to Indonesia.

Pakistan’s bocce team also won the bronze medal after losing to Faroe Islands 120-40 in the semi-final.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2011.

June 30, 2011

Special Olympics Summer Games 2011, day three: Pakistan shine with golden glory

Pakistan continue their winning streak on the third day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011. PHOTO: FILE


Pakistan cyclists continued their impressive form on the third day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 underway in Athens, Greece when Sana Javed bagged a gold medal in the five-kilometre (km) time-trial event while Billawal Aslam bagged bronze in the 10-km road race.

Fourteen-year-old Javed covered the distance in 14 minutes and 2.90 seconds to secure the first position as she outran India’s A Marymanda, with a difference of one minute and 10 seconds.

Javed clinched her second medal at the Games, having previously bagged a silver in the 1000-metre time-trial event.

“I’m so happy with this extra-ordinary achievement,” Javed told The Express Tribune.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Aslam bagged the bronze medal as he covered the distance in 19 minutes and 7.53 seconds, being two minutes and five seconds slower than Germany’s Christian Zinserling. Colombia’s Carlos Morales secured the second place in the event.

“I’m very proud of our cyclists, they’ve proved that they have more spirit than the athletes with normal intellectual ability,” said cycling coach Ishrat Zehra.

“Both Javed and Aslam have two medals each and they’re beaming with confidence.”

Meanwhile the men’s basketball team defeated Uruguay 24-6 in a one-sided encounter. Similarly, the women’s team maintained their winning streak when they outplayed Turkey 13-7 in the qualifying matches.