Sports: Special Olympics: Pakistan’s special athletes put forceful show in Newcastle

Karachi: Pakistan’s special athletes added nine more medals to Pakistan’s medal tally in the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013 on Thursday in Newcastle, Australia. Competitive matches resumed on Thursday after a day’s break for health screening of all participants.

Attia Rani of Mirpur, Azad Kashmir impressed all in the last round robin match of table tennis women’s singles event when she defeated Indian opponent in straight sets. Attia finished on top of the points table and earned a gold medal.

Meanwhile, Shazamna followed her and also earned a gold medal in another event of women singles. Ainan earned gold medal and Jazib finished with a bronze in men’s singles event.

Pakistan’s athletes also won medals in aquatics as well. Muhammad Muneeb Siddiqui added a gold medal in Pakistan’s medal basket in the 25 meter breast stroke. Jasmeen Sharif won gold medal in 50 meter in free style event.

In football, Pakistan qualified for the final of men’s five-a-side event against Australia D team.

It is the first time that Pakistan has qualified in football to get a medal in the Special Olympic history of international competitions. The football team is being trained by qualified coach Kiran Aman.

In badminton men’s doubles event, Suhail pairing with Muhammad Nouman won gold medal. Suhail had also won a gold medal in singles event also.

Pakistani athletes have so far won 10 gold, four silver and nine bronze medals.

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