Najma’s exit ends Pakistan’s Rio dream

Pakistan's Najma Parveen (L) competes in the Women's 200m Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN
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KARACHI: Pakistan’s seventh and the last athlete, Najma Parveen also exited from the Rio Olympics as she finished last in her 200m race after covering the distance in 26.11 seconds race on Monday.

Earlier in Rio, Pakistan’s biggest hope for medal, Judoka, Shah Hussain lost his bout against Ukrainian opponent Artem Bloshenko in the 100kg Judo event in the second round.

Apart from him, the first Pakistani female shooter to ever compete in Olympics, Minhal Sohail saw an early exit from the event.

Pakistani swimmers, Haris Bandey and Lianna Swan were unable to produce an inspiring show in Rio and could not advance in the mega sporting event.

Similarly, Ghulam Mustafa Bashir, the male shooter from the country also ended witness an early end to his journey at Rio, he could not break his national record as well in the men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol event.

All of these athletes qualified for the biggest multiple sporting event either through wildcard entry or continental quota, which is why there was a very bleak hope for a medal.

It was the first time when Pakistani hockey team could not qualify for Olympics, who has always been the country’s biggest hope for a medal.

There has been just two instances, where individuals have won a medal for Pakistan in Olympics, Mohammad Bashir won in 1960 Rome Olympics in Men’s freestyle welterweight Wrestling event and the other was won by Hussain Shah in 1988 Seoul Olympics in Men’s middleweight Boxing event.

It has been 24 years since Pakistan has won a single medal in Olympics. The last medal for the country was the bronze medal won by Pakistan hockey team in 1992 Barcelona Olympics.