Paksitan's fastest man John Permal dies aged 72

Pakistan’s fastest man, John Permal passed away at the age of 72 in Karachi, after suffering from pancreatic cancer on Wednesday.

The son of the forgotten hero announced the sad news on his Twitter handle,

“John Permal, the fastest man in Pakistan, has passed into eternity with the Lord. His last race has been won. May his soul rest in peace. I love you, Dad. Thank you for you.”

Permal remained Pakistan’s undisputed fastest sprinter from, 1965 to 1974. He participated in the 1965 National Games held in Lahore, where he finished second. Gert Metz, a German athlete, won the race.

The sprinter bagged several title during the peak of his career, one of the biggest achievement was winning gold for Sindh in the 400 metres relay at the National Games at Dacca in 1968.

Permal represented the Pakistan with at two Asian Games, both at Bangkok, in 1966 and 1970, and the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970. He also represented the country at the Munich Olympics in 1972.