Paralympian Haider Ali has made the country proud by winning the first-ever Paralympics Gold Medal for Pakistan, with a top podium finish in the Discus Throw event at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Friday.
Haider Ali threw a 55.26 meters on his fifth attempt out of the total six attempts that are allowed to each player. This was almost 3m longer than Ukraine’s Mykola Zhabnyak, who scored 52.43 metres, coming in at second place while Brazilian Joao Victor Teixeira de Souza Silva won third place and a bronze medal with a throw of 51.86 metres.
It's #Gold for #PAK! F37 discus thrower Haider Ali wins his country's first medal of the Games!
Haider Ali while celebrating the victory said, “This Gold will be very important for Para sport in my country. They will see what can be achieved through hard work and to be able to compete internationally for Pakistan.”
“I hope to be a role model for other people that have a disability that don’t compete in sport to take part in Para sport.” he concluded.
It bears mentioning that Haider Ali had has already won two other medals, a silver in Beijing and a Bronze in Rio in the long jump event for Pakistan.
Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said that Haider Ali had made Pakistan proud by winning the Paralympics Gold Medal for the country. He has also announced a reward of Rs. 2.5 million for the athlete. The award will be given to him by Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar at a ceremony upon his return.
“Feel immensely proud of Ali Haider for winning Pakistan a gold medal in Paralympics. The whole nation is proud of him.” said Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. “Heroes like Ali Haider prove everyday that our country is blessed with talent. Punjab Govt will keep supporting such talented athletes.”
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