Tokyo: Athlete Haider Ali created history on Friday morning after he bagged Pakistan’s first-ever gold medal in the Paralympics.
In the Men’s Discus Throw competition of Paralympic Games 2020, Haider threw a 55.26 metres throw in his fifth attempt out of the total six to claim gold. It is also his personal best throw.
Soon after creating history, Twitter was flooded with congratulatory messages for Haider. Top officials and fans congratulated Haider, who has also won a silver medal in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2016 in the long jump event of the Paralympics.
Paralympian #HaiderAli made the country proud by winning the first-ever gold medal for Pakistan in #Paralympics. He achieved the feat in the Men's Discus Throw competition, recording his personal best throw of a striking 55.26m.#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/kPKW4PZDg9
— Government of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) September 3, 2021
The emotional yet the best ever moment ❤❤🇵🇰 national anthem and uprising Our beloved Pakistan's flag among all other flags. #HaiderAli#CongratulationPakistan #Paralympics #goldmedal #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/7GnB897SZI
— Kulsoom Hazara🇵🇰 (@kulsoomkarateka) September 3, 2021
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 3, 2021
Haider, who suffers from cerebral palsy, also competed in the discus throw at the World Para-Athletics Championship in Dubai in 2019 and won a silver medal for Pakistan.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder because of which one part of a person’s body becomes weakened as compared to other parts. All para-athletes with cerebral palsy participate in the F37 category.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 3, 2021
Congratulations Pakistan 🇵🇰🥇
— 𝐘𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐟 (@IamYasif) September 3, 2021
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 3, 2021
— Tahreem🌸 (@tweetsbytahreem) September 3, 2021
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) September 3, 2021
Congratulations #HaiderAli for coming the first Pakistani to win the title in the discus throw competition at #Tokyo2020 Paralympics Games.#Gold Welldone! You have made the history and the whole nation proud of you Masha'ALLAH #HatsOffToHaiderAli pic.twitter.com/dGWudAoOGf
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) September 3, 2021
🇵🇰 Congratulations Pakistan – Thankyou for the Gold Medal #HaiderAli 🏅
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) September 3, 2021
— Najeeb ul Hasnain (@ImNajeebH) September 3, 2021
— Tanveer Ahmed (@ImTanveerA) September 3, 2021
Congratulations #HaiderAli on winning the first ever Gold Medal for Pakistan in #Paralympics. His discus throw of 55.26m won him the medal, making the whole Pakistan🇵🇰 proud#TokyoParalympic pic.twitter.com/hiro6kMgsI
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) September 3, 2021
— Naz Baloch (@NazBaloch_) September 3, 2021
Haider was the last hope for Pakistan to win a medal after the other Pakistani athlete, Anila Izzat Baig, had been disqualified.