Commonwealth Games: Shooters, weightlifter just miss the mark

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 10:09:46 by



KARACHI: 

Pakistan shooters and the only weightlifter performing on day three, made a mark at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, reaching the finals in their respective events.

Mohammad Shehzad Akhtar finished sixth in the final of the 10m Air Pistol Shooting competition with 115.4 points, while Uzair Ahmed concluded the day in eighth with 69 points.

Akhtar began his campaign on a high as he qualified for the final in fourth place, but Australian Daniel Repacholi came out the eventual winner. India’s Prakash Nanjappa bagged the silver as England’s Mick Gault followed with the bronze.

Meanwhile, weightlifter Abu Sufyan finished fifth in the final round of the 69kg event among eight contestants.

In other competitions, Anum Banday failed to qualify for the 200m breaststroke event in Glasgow, despite finishing at the top in her first heat ahead of swimmers from Papua New Guinea and Maldives.

Banday covered the distance in two minutes and 54.18 seconds; however the top eight athletes in the competition set the qualifying time to two minutes and 20 seconds.

Meanwhile, Areeba Shaikh also failed to progress in the 50m women’s butterfly event. She clocked 32.12 seconds in the heat.

Boxer Ali Ahmed progressed to the round of 16 in the 60kg competition; he will face Trinidad and Tobago’s Michael Alexander in his next encounter.

Former Commonwealth bronze medallist Waseem also progressed into the second round of the 52kg event. He will face Malaysia’s Jaya Raman Selvakumar in his next bout.

King into squash semis in Games

New Zealand’s Joelle King won through to the semi-finals of the women’s squash at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday with a three-game victory over Northern Ireland’s Madeline Perry.

The New Zealander beat Perry with a 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Patricia Bezzoubenko was crowned queen of the Commonwealth Games, completing a five gold medal haul in rhythmic gymnastics.

Bezzoubenko had already won two golds in the team and all-around events and she added three more in the clubs, ball and hoop individual disciplines. The one gold that escaped her grasp was in the ribbon which went to Francesca Jones of Wales. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.

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