Liaqat Ali sprints (bottom end of the image) during his 100 metre preliminary heats. – Photo by Reuters
Liaqat Ali sprints (bottom end of the image) during his 100 metre preliminary heats. – Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Liaqat Ali failed to qualify for the main round of men’s 100 metre sprint in London on Saturday, but finished the preliminary round ranked 15th among the 29 athletes.

Liaqat, who is Pakistan’s sole track and field athletes among men, finished fourth in his preliminary heats in 10.90 seconds. He was 0.45 seconds behind leader Jurgen Themen of Suriname.

Themen and Fernando Lumain of Indonesia qualified from the group of seven athletes in the heat.

Liaqat’s reaction time was measured at 0.169 seconds.

Before setting off for London, Liaqat had hoped to qualify for the final round of the 100m races in order to race against Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay.

Liaqat achieved Pakistan’s record of 10.10 seconds last year – a far cry from the world record of 9.58 seconds set by Jamaica’s Bolt at the World Athletics championship in Germany in August 2009, and the 9.69 achieved by United States’ Gay a month later.

“I like Gay’s style of running and that’s why he is my favourite,” Liaqat had said, who remembers meeting the US star at the 2009 World meet, where he finished 61st in the heats, clocking a disappointing 10.64 seconds.

Liaqat comes from the small town of Renala Khurd in central Punjab province and is a soldier in the army’s sports department

Beating the odds, Ali won silver in the 100m relay at the South Asian Athletics Championship in India in 2008 and bronze in the 100 and 200 metres at the South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka two years ago.

In the Asian championship in Japan last year he was disqualified after a false start.

Updated Aug 04, 2012 10:27am

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omar
Aug 04, 2012 01:59pm
Not a bad effort. Impressed.
ahmed
Aug 04, 2012 11:51am
He did his best
Nasser Ali-Khan
Aug 04, 2012 11:14am
A nation of 185 million with nothing to show; even losing 0-4 to Britain - pathetic nation! Jamaica has a population of 2.7m (2009), and they won 11 medals including 6 golds.
Ali Vaqar Awan
Aug 05, 2012 08:11am
Well done Liaqat Ali, you have made our nation proud!!! He performed his best and showed great deal of passion and effort. He has great deal of talent and ability to succeed. Wtih passage time, he'll improve and bring more laurels for Pakistan. He needs to improve his reaction time, otherwise it was excellent performance from him. He needs a high quality coach who can guide and improve his technique. Hope to see Liaqat Ali in next olympics in Rio Dejinaro, Brazil. Sports federation needs to invest in him and send him to international competition so he can get better exposure. Moreover, not end up like other atheletes come once and get disappear. Infact, I want see him racing in years to come. Its amazing he performed best despite lack of facility, competition and coaching. Hats off to Liaqat Ali, you performed like a lion.
Zain
Aug 04, 2012 03:26pm
He Made us Pakistanis proud! Thank You Liaqat!
javed helali
Aug 04, 2012 03:30pm
...and that is what counts. Javed Helali
Ali
Aug 04, 2012 03:34pm
well done and keep it up. All the best next time. "Ghirtay hein shahsawar he maidani jhnag mein". Only the riders fall in the battlefield and we all know the rest.
Mohsin
Aug 04, 2012 04:08pm
Brother dont be dishearted you still did better then 13 of the other world class athletes. You are half way there and all you need to do is to beat the others . Keep at it and you will achieve your dreams inshAllah..
Imran
Aug 04, 2012 04:39pm
Wow! Not a bad effort!
ralfsid
Aug 04, 2012 05:04pm
We are proud of him
hanif
Aug 04, 2012 05:35pm
keep it up u have the potentill to do better MAY GOD HELP U.
Hakeem
Aug 04, 2012 06:14pm
He is Pakistan's best
H S Sandhu
Aug 04, 2012 06:15pm
i am proud of you MR Liaqat Ali , he is from same town ( Ranala Khurd ) where my father( Sardar Sohan Singh Sandhu) born in1932 , i am looking forward to see my father's birth place and our house one day
afzal
Aug 04, 2012 10:46pm
yes off course he is fastest man of the world for us
Mazhar iqbal
Aug 05, 2012 08:48am
Not a Bad Sprint i hope u won Gold medal in next olympics for pakistan and every one knows Pakistan have much more talent like Liaquat ali
Syed Zurgham Riaz
Aug 06, 2012 01:31am
Mr.Nasser Ali-khan with all due respect i request you not to use these kind of words, First of all let me correct you Pakistan lost 1-4 to Britain, secondly, it would rather be nice if you criticize Pakistan in a way which is acceptable and through which improvement could be achieved.It is good to criticize in a acceptable manner, but the word 'Pathetic' you used has more of a 'let down' effect.