|Pakistan’s Naseem becomes fastest woman in South Asia |
DHAKA: Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed created history on Monday when she sprinted her way to becoming the fastest woman in South Asia by winning the 100-metre crown of the South Asian Games in Dhaka.
Naseem, who represents Army at the domestic level, bagged her first gold medal before a strong crowd at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
The 22-year-old from Rawalpindi clocked 11.81seconds, 0.12seconds, followed by Sri Lankans Pramila Priyadarshani and Achala Shalika Dias who finished with 11.93 and 12.12 seconds respectively.
For Naseem Akhtar to win the 100-metre sprint was a historic moment as no Pakistani woman had achieved this feat in 26-year history of the regional games.
Wearing national green tights, she led the field among the eight runners after her easy qualification for the finals.
“I had forgotten the world for six months and trained really very, very hard under my coach Maqood Ahmed to achieve this,” Naseem Akhtar said.
“It is a great moment for me to have brought glory to the country in my event after the poor showing by our national cricket team and especially since our athletics standards have been poor of late,” she added.
Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Chief Lt.Gen (Rtd) Syed Arif Hasan congratulated Naseem for her historic performance and announced a cash prize of Rs.100,000 for her remarkable achievement.
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