KARACHI: After a wait of two lengthy days, a medal lastly got here Pakistan’s method in Baku.
It’s color was bronze. However however, it was a explanation for celebration for Pakistan on Friday after forty eight hours of under-par performances on the Islamic Solidarity Video games.
Arshad Nadeem completed third in males’s javelin to deliver Pakistan’s first medal since Mohammad Shehzad Akhtar additionally secured bronze within the 10m air pistol last on Tuesday.
The 20-yr-previous, a bronze medallist at each the South Asian Video games and the Asian Junior Athletics Championships final yr, had a greatest throw of seventy six.33 metres which was properly under his mark if seventy eight.33 on the South Asian Video games.
“Arshad’s coach Fiaz Bokhari deserves particular appreciation for this efficiency,” Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) president retired Maj Gen Akram Sahi advised Daybreak on Friday.
“I used to be anticipating a good higher efficiency from my athletes however I’m completely happy the Pakistan acquired a slot on the rostrum and the nation’s flag was raised at an occasion which is being watched by all the world.”
Arshad, who has undergone coaching in at a excessive-efficiency centre in Mauritius after being chosen by the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF), reached his medal-clinching mark in his fourth try.
In his six makes an attempt, he failed in two whereas throwing sixty nine.25, seventy three.08 and seventy four.ninety five metres within the different three.
Qatar’s Ahmed Bader Magour took gold with a throw of eighty three.forty five metres whereas Ivan Zaytsev of Uzbekistan completed runner-up with a seventy eight.sixty six-metre throw.
Arshad’s feat lifted Pakistan’s medals tally to 6, which incorporates 4 bronze and two silver.
Pakistan might’ve gained one other bronze on the Olympic Stadium within the Azeri capital however Mehboob Ali completed fourth within the 400m hurdles in a race which noticed African sprinters sweep the highest three locations.
Mozambique’s Creve Armando Machava in 50.seventy three seconds to safe his nation’s first-ever gold on the Video games, forward of Senegalese silver medallist Amadou Ndiaye by zero.21 seconds whereas his compatriot Kurt Couto took bronze (50.ninety seven).
Mehboob completed in fifty one.15, together with his workforce-mate Nokar Hussain ending joint-fifth with Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Mulayhi in a private greatest time of fifty one.29.
Nokar was later a part of Pakistan’s 4x100m relay staff — additionally that includes Liaqat Ali, Abaid Ali and Mohammad Shahbaz — which was disqualified from the ultimate after an unlawful baton trade.
The ladies’s staff a minimum of did handle to complete. Sahibe Asra, Samra Shabbir, Najma Parveen and Maria Maratib ended seventh of their last with a time of forty eight.seventy five seconds.
There was victory for Pakistan’s volleyball staff on Friday with Aimal Khan (24 factors) and Murad Jehan (22) excelling in a three-1 (25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21) win over Turkmenistan to finish their Group ‘A’ marketing campaign on a excessive.
Pakistan completed third of their group with two wins, the opposite coming towards Palestine, whereas they misplaced to Turkey and hosts Azerbaijan.
The nation’s basketball groups, although, couldn’t even get one victory. After being despatched to the Video games on the final-minute after being initially refused participation on account of lack of funds, the lads’s and ladies’s groups completed with 4 straight losses.
The lads’s group misplaced to 12-19 to Turkmenistan and thirteen-22 to the hosts in Group ‘A’ on Friday, following their defeats to Saudi Arabia and Turkey a day earlier.
The ladies’s group suffered even heavier defeats, being hammered 2-21 by Turkey and 5-21 by Syria after their losses to Palestine and Indonesia on the opening day on Thursday.
The wrestlers struggled too as all 4 Pakistani rivals misplaced on Friday.
Turkey’s Nebi Uzun ousted Pakistan’s Mohammad Bilal within the 57kg freestyle quarter-finals on technical superiority whereas Guinea-Bissau’s Bunde Cumba beat Pakistan’s Mudassar Hussain by fall of their 65kg freestyle final-sixteen conflict.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Asad Butt misplaced out to Turkey’s Soner Demirtas within the 74kg freestyle final-sixteen spherical and his compatriot Umair Tariq was no match for Iran’s Amir Mohammadi of their 97kg freestyle quarter-last.
Pakistan didn’t fare any higher on the tennis courts with Sarah Mahboob dropping out to Turkey’s Berfu Cengiz 6-zero, 6-zero of their ladies’s singles second-spherical match whereas Sara Mansoor and Meheq Khokhar fell to Malaysia’s Jawairiah Noordin and Theiviya Selva-Rajoo 6-four, 6-zero within the ladies’s doubles quarter-finals.
Revealed in Daybreak, Might twentieth, 2017
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