Nation is feeling proud as Pakistani athletes clinched 132 medals comprising 32 gold, 41 silver 59 bronze and placed fourth in 13th South Asian Games, which concluded on Tuesday (Dec 10).
Pakistani athletes added one more gold medal, along with four silver ones, on the last day of the regional sports competition held in Nepal. The squash team — comprising Tayyab Aslam, Asim Khan, and Farhan Mehboob — defeated their Indian opponents to clinch gold in men’s championship.
Tayyab Aslam defeated his Indian counterpart, Harindar Pal Singh, in the first set of the squash final, with a score of 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, and 12-10 in 36 minutes. India then made a comeback to level the final, when Asim Khan lost to Pardhan 9-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, and 4-11 in 34 minutes.
Farhan Mehboob and Abhay Singh played the final, contesting for the last tournament’s gold medal. Pakistan’s top squash player won the match comfortably with scores of 11-8, 12-10, and 11-5 in 34 minutes.
India dominated the SAG points table with 174 gold medals, with Nepal and Sri Lanka following with 51 and 40 golds, respectively. Pakistan overall secured 32 gold medals — a tally that is more than the country’s collective gold medals since the SAG’s past two editions. Pakistan had won 19 in 2010 and 12 in 2016.
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17 November, 2019