Monday, March 06, 2023

Three Pakistani-American runners win 6-star finisher medal at Tokyo Marathon 2023

Nothing is impossible, people only need to be themselves to get the medal in their name, says Salman Khan

— Abbott World Marathon Majors
— Abbott World Marathon Majors

Dr Salman Khan, Hamid Butt, and Aisha Qamar have become the first Pakistani-Americans to complete six key marathons under Abbott World Marathon Majors — a championship-style competition for long-distance runners that started in 2006. 

The six-star marathon championship medal is given to those who complete Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York, and Tokyo marathons.

Salman, while participating first in Boston Marathon decided to commit himself to win the six-star medal.

While speaking in an interview, the Pakistani-American medallist said "the medal means a lot for him and for his country, further highlighting that he would also like to participate in the Paris Olympian marathon championship in 2024 if possible".

Salman added that he would like to do the Boston marathon race every year because it allows him to come across people from all around the world. He also added that each of the five races has something to offer.

The marathon runner also advised those who are intending to participate in the race by saying they should enjoy running. People need to remain consistent and dedicated to getting the medal in their name, he added.  

The Pakistani-American runner, while giving a message to his fellow Pakistanis said that he wants to inspire his countrymen. He also went on to add that "nothing is impossible".

The marathon championship which took place on March 5 was collectively participated by 11 Pakistani-American and British citizens including five women.

Fahad Mukhtar, Prem Kumar, Huma Rehman, Fawad Kareem, Ayesha Akhtar, Hasan Tajdar, and Sarah Lodhi were among other Pakistani overseas citizens who also participated in Tokyo marathon.