Haider Ali claims gold medal in Tokyo Paralympics

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ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan’s discus thrower, Haider Ali made the nation proud as he claimed the first-ever gold medal for the country in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Friday.

Haider bagged the medal with a 55.26 meters throw in his fifth attempt out of the total six, according to information received here.

His first two throws were adjudged ineligible, almost costing him a spot in the contest. He nailed his third attempt with a throw of 47.84 meters, while the fourth throw was a foul.

But his fifth attempt was a classy throw that helped him earn the medal in the coveted event.

Ukraine’s Zhabnyak with a 52.43 meters throw finished second to win a silver medal, while Brazilian Teixeira de Souza with a 51.86 throw ended third to take bronze.

Overall, this is Haider’s third medal in the prestigious event. Earlier, he has earned two medals for Pakistan – a silver in Beijing in 2008 and a bronze in Rio in 2016 in the long jump event.

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