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April 16, 2018

Pakistan end CWG at 24th spot


April 16, 2018

GOLD COAST, Australia: Pakistan finished overall at the 24th spot in the 21st Commonwealth Games which concluded here at the Carrara Stadium on Sunday.In the quadrennial spectacle which Australia held for the fifth time, Pakistan claimed one gold and four bronze medals.

The country’s leading wrestler Mohammad Inam got the only gold for Pakistan in the 71-nation extravaganza in the 86 kilogramme freestyle wrestling by beating Nigeria’s highly experienced fighter Melvin Bibo 0-6 in a gripping finale here at the Carrara Stadium wrestling facility on Saturday.

This was the second gold from the 29-year-old Inam, who had also secured gold in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Besides gold from Pakistan in wrestling, grapplers Tayyab Raza (125kg) and Mohammad Bilal (57kg) got bronze in their respective weight categories.Pakistan had fielded six wrestlers in the competitions. The other two bronze medals came in weightlifting. Both these medals went to the country’s rookies Nooh Dastagir Butt (plus 105kg) and Talha Talib (62kg).

It was also a good event for national javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem who bettered his national record by inking an 80.45 metre throw in the men’s javelin throw competitions qualifying stage. However, he faltered in the finals as his best throw out of six attempts remained only 76.02m, much behind his qualifying round feat.

In hockey, Pakistan, who have already to their credit a silver and a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games, got seventh position after beating Canada 3-1 in the outing for the seventh and eighth positions. In other sports including squash, badminton, swimming, table tennis, shooting and boxing, it was an extremely disappointing journey for the country which did not bother to prepare well for one of the most competitive events.

In the previous Commonwealth Games held in 2014 in Glasgow, Pakistan got one silver and a bronze in wrestling and one silver each in boxing and judo. However, this time, judo was not part of the competitions.

Australia emerged as overall winners with 198 medals which included 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze. England finished second with a total of 136, which contained 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze medals.

India wrapped up the journey at the third place with an aggregate total of 66 (26, 20, 20).In the spectacle, in which 6600 athletes and officials featured, competitions were held in 18 different sports and seven para-sports.The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England.

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