Pride of Pakistan: Naseem Hameed

Naseem Hameed Pride of Pakistan

Naseem Hameed wore the crown of being the fastest woman of South Asia when she completed a 100m distance in 11.81 seconds to win the Gold medal in South Asian Games 2010.

Hameed started off her career by participating in different sporting activities at school and college level before being noticed by Army coaches who allowed her to train in Army grounds.

Training hard day in and day out, she dominated local events and was eventually picked by Pakistan Railway to represent them at the national level.

Naseem Hameed’s successful run at the national level earned her a place in Pakistan’s contingent for South Asian Games 2010 held in Bangladesh.

The young sprinter stood up to the occasion and overtook Sri Lanka’s Pramila Priyadarshani by 0.12 seconds to bag the Gold medal for Pakistan.

It was a historic moment for her as none of the female athletes from Pakistan could achieve the feat in South Asian Games since it first took place in 1984.

After creating history, she stopped competing at the events but coached children for Street Children Games in Brazil in 2016.