Pakistan’s sprinter Shajar Abbas qualifies for Men’s 200m race final in Commonwealth games
Pakistan’s sprinter Shajar Abbas created history for Pakistan by qualifying for the final of 200m race of Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
In the semi-final-1 race at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Shajar Abbas finished third with a timing of 20.89. After not qualifying directly from the heat, Shajar Abbas’ qualification was dependent on the timings of other athletes.
Apart from two top positions in race-2, no player could give a better timing than Shajar.
In race-3, Eswatini’s Sibusiso Matsenjwa finished third with 20.81 and Kenya’s Mike Mokamba Nyangau clocked 20.90 – 0.01 seconds behind Shajar Abbas.
Thus, the Pakistani athletes managed to stay in the top 8 and reached the final with the eighth position.
Shajar Abbas is the only Asian athlete to make it to the 200m final. The final race will be held on Saturday (today) at 1:30 PM.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s Mohammad Inam Butt failed to win the 86kg plus title in the India-Pakistan clash while Zaman Anwar lost in the 125kg plus final at the Coventry Arena.
Inayatullah won a bronze medal for Pakistan in the 65 kg plus event earlier, his silver medals took Pakistan’s total tally of medals at the Commonwealth Games to 5 so far.