Pakistan's Mahoor Shahzad, Haseeb Tariq knocked out of Tokyo Olympics

Faizan Lakhani
Two Pakistan athletes – Mahoor Shahzad in Badminton and Haseeb Tariq in Swimming – were eliminated 

Karachi: Two more Pakistani athletes were eliminated from Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday without medal after being failed to qualify for the next stages in their respective sports.

On Tuesday, two Pakistan athletes – Mahoor Shahzad in Badminton and Haseeb Tariq in Swimming – were in action during the Olympic Games.

Pakistan’s top ranked and world number 133, shuttler Mahoor Shahzad was facing world number 26, Kirsty Gilmour and after resisting against the better ranked player for 31 minutes, she went down 21-14, 21-14.

This was second consecutive defeat for Mahoor in Tokyo Olympics which eliminated her from race to qualify for the next round. She played two matches and lost both. In first match, the Pakistani shuttler was defeated by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.

However, it is worth mentioning that Mahoor was facing players much higher ranked than her.

Swimmer Haseeb Tariq was contesting in heats for men’s 100m freestyle swimming. He jumped in pool for heat number 2 and finished with individual timing of 53.81. The Pakistani swimmer couldn’t improve his own personal best as he aimed before the games.

He finished 6th among 8 swimmers in his heat while his overall position in heats was 62nd out of 70 swimmers contesting. He was 6.10 seconds behind the top ranked swimmer in the 100m freestyle heat while 5.37s behind the last swimmer to qualify for the semi finals for the category.

Pakistan’s next action in Olympics will be on Thursday when Judoka Shah Hussain Shah will take on Egypt’s Ramadan Darwaish in men’s 100kg round-of-32 bout.

Pakistan's Mahoor Shahzad, Haseeb Tariq knocked out of Tokyo Olympics

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