Rabia Shahzad bags silver in Asian Bench Press Championship


Pakistan’s female weightlifter, Rabia Shahzad bagged silver for the first time for Pakistan in Asian Bench Press Championship at Dubai on Saturday.

The 19-years-old, Rabia who participated in 52 Kg category of the event, lifted 55Kg weight to settle on the second spot behind Alyona from Kazakhstan who went on to lift 65Kg.

India’s Anjani Bari with lifting 47.5Kg clinched Bronze.

Rabia became the youngest and first Pakistani weightlifter to achieve the landmark.

Rabia over her achievement expressed her excitement through a video message from Dubai and said that it is really overwhelming for her to represent his country on a high note.

“I am really thankful to god on achieving something really big for my country,” Rabia said.

Rabia said that she has trained herself without any coach or support from anyone belongs to this sport.

She added that in her house there is a small training area where she got herself prepared for the event.

“I don’t have many facilities but still I competed in a strong position at International level and clinched something big for my country,

“I have a small training room in my house where I train myself,” She said.

Rabia asked the government for support so that she can do some more for Pakistan in upcoming times.

“If I get the support from the government then definitely I will try my best to claim Gold for my country,” she added.