Judoka Shah Hussain Shah also eliminated from Tokyo Olympics
Pakistan's Shah Hussain Shah (white) and Egypt's Ramadan Darwish compete in the judo men's -100kg elimination round bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 29, 2021. AFP
Pakistani judoka Shah Hussain Shah Thursday also eliminated from Olympics when he lost his last 32 fight against Egypt’s Darwish Ramadan in the -100 kilogramme judo competition of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
World No13 Egypt’s Darwish Ramadan beat Shah Hussain Shah and reached last 16.
It was second appearance in the Olympics for Shah Hussain Shah, who is the son of former Pakistan boxing Olympic medallist Hussain Shah. Shah also made a poor debut in 2016 in the Rio Games when he was undone by Ukraine’s Artem Bloshenko in the second round.
It is pertinent to mention here that Shah missed a few major events before the Olympics because of the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before Shah Hussain, Mahoor Shahzad, Haseeb Tariq were also eliminated unceremoniously from the Tokyo Olympics. Shahzad was representing Pakistan in Badminton while Tariq in swimming.
However, weightlifter Talha Talib and shooter Gulfam Joseph gave a glimpse what Pakistan could achieve at the highest level of sports if proper planning and training is extended to the players.
Pakistani weightlifter Talha Talib fell just two kilograms short of history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he lifted a total of 320 kilograms. Talha Talib was representing Pakistan in weightlifting’s 67kg event at the pandemic-postponed Games, where he lifted 150 kilograms in the snatch and 170 kilograms in clean and jerk to gain a total of 320 kilograms.
Shooter Gulfam Joseph was tied on 578 for the last qualification spot in 10m Air Pistol event but was denied by a whisk of losing on axis. However, he showed a lot of character in his performance except from the first series of shooting where nerves got better of him and he scored 92 out of 100 but later showed his skills with almost near perfection to register scores of 98, 95, 97, 98 and 98.