Pride of Pakistan: Muhammad Bashir

Muhammad Bashir

As Pakistan is heading towards her 70th independence day, let’s remember the great sporting heroes that became the pride of Pakistan. Muhammad Bashir is one of those sportsmen who deserves all the appreciation.

Muhammad Bashir is considered to be one of the best freestyle wrestlers of his era, he is the first athlete of Pakistan to win an individual medal in Summer Olympics.

The Pakistani wrestler won a bronze medal in the welterweight category at 1960 Rome Olympics, where he stood at the 3rd place out of 23 competitors. He is the only Pakistani wrestler to have won an Olympic medal till date.

Bashir, who was born in 1935 in Lahore, also has three Commonwealth Games gold medals against his name. He stood victorious at Commonwealth Games of 1958 at Cardiff, 1962 at Perth and 1966 at Kingston.

He has also won four medals in Asian Games, which include a gold medal at 1966 Asian Games Bangkok, two silver medals at 1962 Asian Games Jakarta and a bronze medal at 1958 Asian Games Tokyo.

Muhammad Bashir received Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in 1962 and the Pride of Performance in 1968 from the government of Pakistan.

The great Pakistani wrestler lost the battle of his life on June 24, 2001, at Lahore.