The Pakistan Army athlete, who admitted that it was a poor show, was now looking forward to future events. “It’s just disappointing to know that I failed to improve on my national record,” Israr told said.
About Pakistani female swimmer Anum Bandey secured fourth position in the Women`s 400m Individual Medley with a timing of 5:34.64.
However, she managed to break the National record for the event with the margin of 3 seconds. The previous record was 5.37.11.
Pakistan’s Khurram Inam flopped again in the final qualifying round of men’s skeet event, falling way short of his personal best score of 119.
Khurram, 45, followed his opening day’s card of 67 with 45 for an aggregate of 112, which is much below his target. The seasoned shooter finished at the 28th place which is his poorest showing at the Olympics.
Khurram, who wanted to equal or better his personal best score of 119 in London, started his second day of qualifying rounds again in an unsatisfactory manner by scoring 20 birds at Royal Artillery Barracks in London. Though he finished the last round with a flourish by scoring 25 birds, it was a case of too little too late.
Khurrum with the average of 0.896 stood 28th out of all 36 best shooters from all over the world. He scored 21, 23, 23, 20, and 25 in five rounds to accumulate the total of 112.
After competing the event in Olympics, Khurram said that it is not that we’re not talented; we just lack consistency because of inadequate preparation and facilities, adding that there is a good chance of better results in the next Olympics, at least in shooting. All we need is assistance from the authorities.
He said that India had invested heavily and now their shooters were paying them back with medals and they are winning shooting medals and so can we if we get the support.
In hockey Pakistan retain the seventh slot but also fails to get the medal slot as world champions Australia defeated Pakistan 7-0 in a do-or-die battle. Pakistan’s hockey performance satisfactory but the fiasco against Australia by 7-0 was the shocking for everyone who had hope to hockey team may bring medal for Pakistan this time but this defeat shakes Pakistan’s Olympics dream.
Team Green had earlier drawn its inaugural match against Spain 1-1, won the second match against Argentina 2-0, lost against Great Britain 4-1 and then won important match against South Africa by 5-4.
Hockey legend Olympian Hasan Sardar had called Pakistan’s match with Australia a tough test and said that to win against them, it would require performance from each and every player of the team.
Dismissing calls from various quarters to offer his resignation and be held accountable for Pakistan’s dismal Olympics campaign, the team management defended the team’s performance with coach Khwaja Junaid insisting it did ‘reasonably well’.
Junaid, who was a part of Pakistan’s 1992 Olympics team that won bronze, also took a shot at former players, saying they should review the performance of the team when they were in-charge.
“We’re in a rebuilding phase while the other top teams are playing with experienced players. These players will not be able to play the 2014 World Cup and till then our youngsters will have ample experience and start as favourites,” Junaid said.
Blaming on poor performance disappointed the nation, who is the responsible all of these debacle which reparting again, again and again…? Why do our sports officials waste valuable resources on junkets instead of using these funds for promotion of athletics at school and college levels?
Many medal winners from other developing countries were teens. They must truly believe that horses can fly, to expect our athletes to even qualify Olympics heats while knowing what the qualification timings would be.