Pakistani Rower Zahid Iqbal advances to semi-finals at Asian Games 2023

Zahid delivered a remarkable performance, finishing third in his heat

September 20, 2023
Pakistan rowing team - POA

In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Pakistani rower Zahid Iqbal Khan has secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Rowing event at the Asian Games 2023. The competition, which took place in Hangzhou, China, saw Zahid Iqbal showcasing his prowess in the men's single skills category.

During the preliminary heats, Zahid Iqbal Khan delivered a remarkable performance, finishing third in his heat. It was a closely contested race, and his impressive timing of 7 minutes and 34.60 seconds over the challenging 2000-meter course secured his advancement to the semi-finals. The top three competitors from each of the three heats in the single sculls category earned their spot in the semi-finals.

However, it wasn't just in the men's single skills category that Pakistani rowers made their presence felt. In the lightweight double skills event, the Pakistani team, unfortunately, fell short of reaching the finals. The top pair from each heat in the double skills category secured spots in the finals.

In contrast, in the doubles category, Pakistan's representatives, Asad Iqbal and Muzamnil Shahzad, showed promise by clinching the third position in their heat. This achievement earned them a chance to compete in the Repechage round, where they will strive to secure a place in the finals.

The quadruple skills category brought further success for Pakistan as the team finished second in their respective heats. This accomplishment means that Pakistan will move on to the repechage round in the quadruple skills category, with the opportunity to progress further in the competition.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.