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Maria laps up two gold medals as Army, Wapda athletes shine

April 09, 2017

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KARACHI: Maria Maratab of Army clears the last hurdle during the women’s 100 metres hurdles final on Saturday.—Tahir Jamal / White Star
KARACHI: Maria Maratab of Army clears the last hurdle during the women’s 100 metres hurdles final on Saturday.—Tahir Jamal / White Star

KARACHI: Maria Maratab of Army hogged second day’s limelight in the 48th National Athletics Championship by snatching two golds from Wapda at the tartan track of the PSB Coaching Centre here on Saturday.

In the morning, she leaped to 11.96 metres to clinch triple jump gold as Wapda’a pair of Maryam Babar and Alia Noor settled with silver and the bronze medals respectively.

In the afternoon, she completed her double by winning the 100 metres hurdles clocking 15.39 seconds. Wapda’s pair of Ghazala Ramzan and Musarrat Shaheen had to be content with the other two places.

Another Army athlete Mehboob Ali avenged his opening day’s defeat that he had suffered at the hands of his brother Nokar Hussain, winning the 400 metres hurdles gold. He clocked 51.20 seconds. Adeel of Wapda was placed third.

It may be mentioned that Nokar had pocketed the 400 metres sprint gold by getting the better of his sibling the other day.

Olympian Najma Perveen, who fetched two golds including the Fastest Woman title on Friday, added one more to her tally capturing 400 metres hurdles gold. She timed 1:01.85 seconds for the honours.

Rabia Ashiq presented second gold to Wapda while returning with flying colours in the 1500 metres. She clocked 4:57.78 for the honours.

It is pertinent to mention that she had annexed the 800 metres gold the other day.

Airman Mohsin Ali became the first athlete outside Army and Wapda to clinch a gold when he sprinted to victory in the 110 metres hurdles in 14.73 seconds as Mohammad Nawaz of Wapda and Saddam Hussain of Army occupied the following two positions.

Holders Army, as expected leads the medals table in men’s with a tally of 8-10-4 medals. They are followed by Wapda with 6-3-10.

On the other hand, Wapda has maintained their grip securing 9-10-4 medals so far. They are followed by Army with 5-4-3 medals.

The meet concludes on Sunday.

Results:

20km walk race men’s:

1-Fezan Khan (Army), 2-Qasim Faiz (Army) 3-Hafeez (Railways. Time: 1:52.44

10000 metres men’s:

1-Sohail Aamir (Wapda), 2-Mohammad Ijaz (Army), 3-Mohammad Bilal (Wapda). Time: 32:40.00

400 metres hurdles women’s:

1-Najma Perveen (Wapda), 2-Musarrat Shaheen (Wapda), 3-Shehla Manzoor (Army). Time: 1:01.85

800 metres men’s:

1-Mohammad Ikram (Wapda), 2-Umar Saddat (HEC), 3-Waqas Akbar (Army). Time: 1:51.97

1500 metres women’s:

1-Rabia Ashiq (Wapda), 2-Samabia Noreen (Wapda), 3-Saba Yousuf (HEC). Time: 4:57.78

Triple jump women’s:

1-Maria Maratab (Army), 2-Maryam Babar (Wapda), 3-Alia Noor (Wapda). Dist: 11.96 metres

Long jump men’s:

1-Mohammad Imran (Wapda), 2-Mohammad Afzal (Army), 3-Adnan Jahangir (Wapda). Dist: 7.22 metres

110 metres hurdles men’s:

1-Mohsin Ali (PAF), 2-Mohammad Nawaz (Wapda), 3-Sadam Hussain (Army). Time: 14.73

3000 metres steeplechase men’s:

1-Tariq Mehmood (Army), 2-Abdul Samad (Wapda), 3-Faisal Sultan (Army). Time: 9:30.83

400 metres hurdles men’s:

1-Mehboob Ali (Army), 2-Nokar Hussain (Army), 3-Adeel Ahmed (Wapda). Time: 51.20

Hammer throw men’s:

1-Mohammad Shakeel (Army), 2-Habibullah (Wapda), Azhar Abbas (Wapda) Dist: 62.37 metres

100 metres hurdles women’s:

1-Maria Maratab (Army), 2-Ghazala Ramzan (Wapda), 3-Musarrat Shaheen (Wapda). Time: 15.39

Hammer throw women’s:

1-Saira Saleem (Army), 2-Razia Sultana (Wapda), 3-Nazia Kausar (Wapda). Dist: 37.87.

Medals table:

Gold Silver Bronze

Men’s:

Army 8 10 4

Wapda 6 3 10

PAF 1 0 0

HEC 0 2 0

Railways 0 0 1

Women’s:

Wapda 9 10 4

Army 5 4 3

HEC 0 0 5

Balochistan 0 0 1

Punjab 0 0 1

Published in Dawn, April 9th, 2017