Haider Ali becomes the first Pakistani athlete to secure gold in Paralympics

By our correspondent

TOKYO: Pakistan’s Haider Ali re-wrote history when he pulled off gold in the men’s discus throw F-37 category of the Tokyo Paralympics, becoming the first Pakistani to have achieved the milestone in the country’s Paralympics history.

Haider managed a throw of 55.26 metre in his fifth attempt to secure a gold. This was also his personal best effort. His attempts break-up includes X, X, 47.84 metre, X, 55.26 metre, and X. Ukraine’s Mykola Zhabnyak ended with a silver with a throw of 52.42 metre while Brazil’s Teixeira de Souza Silva Joao Victor with a throw of 51.86 metre secured bronze.

This is the third medal from the experienced athlete in his Paralympics journey as he had won silver in the long jump in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and bronze in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He also has to his credit discus silver in the 2019 Dubai World Para Athletics Championships.

Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) have congratulated Haider for his outstanding feat. “Haider Ali has demonstrated his resolve to surpass all the challenges to raise the national flag at the Paralympics making history for Pakistan. Haider Ali, his family and all those who supported him in his athletic efforts should be praised. In particular, we appreciate the role of WAPDA Sports Board for supporting him in his career as an athlete,” POA said in a press release.

With this Pakistan’s Paralympics in Tokyo ended as the other athlete Aneela Baig has already been exited.

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