Los Angeles: Pakistan’s special female athletes took the lead over their male compatriots in the World Special Olympic Games on Wednesday winning a silver medal in swimming another two silver medals in cycling.
Meanwhile, two boys in cycling events secured a bronze medal each.
Young Special Olympian Aqsa Ahmed Janjua brought first medal for her and her country in the 50 meter free style in swimming event. It was a Division 8 event and six special athletes were placed in this group on the basis of their ability test carried out during divisioning sessions.
Mehmona Hussain won the first silver in 500 meter race of female cycling race, her time was 1.15.72. She was just a fraction of a second behind Indian competitor Meera Kumari, who completed the race in 1.14.58.
In another 500 meter time and trial race, Khadija Irfan won second silver for her and country, her timing was 2.23.44.
Salman Siddiqui and Usman Saeed bagged bronze in 500 meter time and trial cycle race to complete the day with two silver and two bronze for home.
Two girls Uzma Yousuf and Sumbal Yousuf finished eighth (last position) in same time and trial cycle races.
In Basketball Pakistan’s traditional (special) team convincingly defeated Portugal with 23 -10 score in the first round robin match of Division 3. Special Olympian Muhammad Usman was unstoppable during the match and he remained top scorer and earned decisive 12 points. It was a division 3 match. Other two teams in this group are Israel and Poland.