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Asian Games: Pakistan record wins in tennis with setbacks in taekwondo, swimming

In shooting, GM Bashir secured the eighth position whereas Mehak Fatima failed to qualify for the next round in women’s 10m air rifle

Pakistani tennis players Aqeel Khan (from left) Ushna Sohail and Sarah Ibrahim participating in Asian Games 2023. — PTF
Pakistani tennis players Aqeel Khan (from left) Ushna Sohail and Sarah Ibrahim participating in Asian Games 2023. — PTF

KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday recorded impressive performances in shooting and tennis with setbacks in taekwondo and swimming and taekwondo in the ongoing Asian Games 2023 being held in Hangzhou, China.

In shooting, Pakistan’s GM Bashir secured the eighth position after scoring 282 points with eight centres off target. The Pakistani shooter needs to finish in the top six to proceed to the finals. The second round of the qualification phase will be played on Monday (tomorrow).

Bashir recorded 98 points in eight seconds, then 97 in six seconds and 97 in four seconds.

Separately, Pakistan’s Mehak Fatima failed to qualify for the next round in women’s 10m air rifle. She finished 40th in the qualifying round.

Sarah Ibrahim, Ushna Sohail secure important wins in Tennis

On the other hand, Pakistan got off to a flying start in the tennis singles and doubles.

In women’s tennis singles, Ushna Sohail handed a straight-sets defeat to Tajikistan’s Sumaya Tukhtaeva 6-2, 6-3.

Another Pakistani tennis player, Sarah Ibrahim emerged victorious against Qatar’s Hind Almudahka after a three-set battle 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-3.

Ibrahim won the first set comfortably 6-2, but Almudahka made a comeback in the second set — which lasted for more than an hour — and won it after a close encounter 7-6(5).

The decisive set was won by the Pakistani player 6-3 after a 51-minute long clash.

Sunday was Pakistan’s day in tennis, after triumphs in women’s singles, Pakistani continued its excellent form and beat Mongolia in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 in mixed doubles.

Pakistani duo Sarah Ibrahim and Aqeel Khan — who lost to Uzbekistan's Khumoyon Sultanov in men's singles — came over Mongolia’s Anand Gankhuyag and Khatansuikh Batbayar and won the tie in just 48 minutes.

Setbacks in taekwondo, swimming disciplines

In men’s taekwondo, Pakistan’s Aqdas Ullah Qadeer lost to Nepal’s Bahadur Prem Limbu in the first round.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Naila lost to Japanese athlete Yuiko Niwa in the quarter-final.

The Pakistani athlete finished the match with 100.0 points but her opponent qualified for the semi-final with 104.6 points. Earlier, Naila defeated Saudia Arabia’s Medhat Abrar Bukhari in the Round of 16.

In swimming, both of Pakistan’s swimmers Mohammad Amaan Siddiqui and Mohammad Ahmed Durrani failed to qualify for the next round.

In Men’s 200m individual medley, Durrani’s timing was two minutes and 15.10 seconds, which was enough to create a new national record but he failed to reach the next round.

The previous Pakistani record in the 200m individual medley was two minutes and 16.26 seconds.

Durrani was 12 seconds behind the last swimmer who qualified for the next round. His final position was 19th out of 27.

Meanwhile, Amaan finished 22nd with his timing of two minutes and 18.65 seconds.

In the 100m freestyle heats, Durrani finished 33rd while Aman was ranked 37th.