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Nosheen and Afzal voted best female, male athletes

October 06, 2004

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QUETTA, Oct 5: Army dominated the track and field events grabbing 22 golds while Wapda finished a close second with 19 golds on the final day of the 29th National Games which concluded on Tuesday.

In the other event Nosheen Parveen, who won gold in long jump,100m hurdles, triple jump and Heptathlon for Army was declared best women athlete of the games. Army's Afzal Baig, winner of 100m and runner up in 200m besides competing in 4x100 relay,was adjudged best male athlete of the weeklong games.

Army collected 14 golds, 16 silvers and eight bronzes in men and eight golds, nine silvers and six bronzes in women event. Wapda haul included eight golds, five silvers and seven bronzes in men and 11 golds, seven silvers and 10 bronzes medals in women meet.

Railways finished third, with one silver, five bronzes in men and one gold, four silvers and three bronze medals in women event. Earlier, it was really surprising for other teams who remained gold-less except Wapda who took two goals in women tiscuss throw and 5000m.

The day started with the gold run of Army's Fouzia Aurangzeb in the 400m hurdles. She clocked 64.2 secs, followed by Bashiran Bibi of Railways and Nadia Nazir of Wapda securing silver and bronze medals.

Army's Nosheen with a leap of 5.46 metres collected the gold in long jump followed by Mariam Babar of Wapda with 5.15 metres and Naseem Hameed of Army 4.98 metres.

Army athletes, stood first in the 4x100 metres relay final with a time of 50.7 seconds. Railways and Punjab grabbed silver and bronze with times of 54.4 and 56.2 seconds.

Fauzia Khatton earned Wapda a gold in the discus throw with a heave of 35.15 metres, followed by Nazia Butt of Army at 33.03 metres and Abida Changezi of Railways for silver and bronze.

Muhammad Imran of Army grabbed gold in 200m sprint with his time of 21.5 secs, followed by team-mate Afzal who clocked 21.9 seconds and Muhammad Shahbaz of Wapda ended up with bronze.

Havaldar Muhammad Ayub cleared the bar at a height of 4.60 metres to snatch the gold, followed by Lance Naik Jaffar Hussain who jumped 4.50 metres and Muhammad Saleem of Wapda with 4.20 metres.

Ata Miran of Army with his time of 4:05.6 claimed the blue ribband of the meet the 1500 gold in a time of 4:05:6. He was chased home by collegue colleague Muhammad Ashraf (4:05.7) and Irshad Fazal of Wapda (4:05.8 sec) Army ended the day winning the 4x100 metres relay ahead of Wapda and Railways.

SQUASH GOLD FOR PAF

PAF defeated Punjab 2-1 to win gold in the men's team event on Tuesday at Ayub Stadium. Asian junior champion Farhan Mehboob defeated Yasir Butt 9-2, 4-9, 6-9, 9-7 in a thrilling contest which lasted 73 minutes to put PAF ahead.

Farhan took the first sets in 19 minutes, lost the second set 4-9 and the third 6-9 but came back strongly winning the next two sets 9-7 and 9-2 to seal the fate of rivals.

Punjab's Khalil Mohammad gave his supporters something to cheer about when he shocked former British Open junior champion Safeer Khan 3-2. The score was 7-9, 10-8, 6-9, 9-7 and 9-6. But Naveed Atlas made sure of victory for PAF when he outclassed Basit 9-5, 9-3 and 9-2. -APP