Punjab Sweeps wrestling, extend medals lead in Quaid-e-Azam games
Punjab sweeps the Men’s wrestling event as they won all 8 golds on the third day of second Quaid-e-Azam interprovincial games at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad.Quaid-e-Azam Inter Provincial Games 2017 Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad
Punjab completely dominated the medal table at the end of day three of the interprovincial games as they grabbed 39 gold, 24 silver and 17 bronze and overall 80 medals while the second in the row are Balochistan who earned 51 medals 14 gold, 15, silver and 22 bronze and KPK narrowly behind as they secured 50 medals 14 gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze.
The complete dominance from Punjab wrestlers was seen on the third day of games as Faiz-ul-Hassan in 57kg, Mohsin Ali in -61kg, Mohammad Ammad in -65kg, Hasan in -74kg, Mahmood in -86kg, Nauman in -97kg and Muhammad in +125kg secured the gold medals. In the wrestling competitions, Islamabad claimed the second spot with 4 silver 3 bronze while KPK ended on third as they won 3 silver and 3 bronze.
Punjab also won both the golds in weightlifting competition. Sharjeel Butt won in Men’s 56kg category while Sohaib Kaleem claimed the Men’s 62kg title.
Sindh’s Abdul Moeed and Punjab’s Turab Zahra successfully defended their Men’s and Women’s 200m titles on the track of Jinnah Stadium. He also defended the 100m and won the gold by completing a double in this edition as well as he won the 200m race in 21.82 seconds ahead of team-mate Umer Saadat (22.18) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shoaib Mahfooz (22.43).
Turab Zahra finishes in 28.00 sec in 200 meters race and secured one of three golds for Punjab while Aneela’s time of two minutes and 26 seconds saw her win the women’s 800m while they were also victorious in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Balochistan ended on winning Men’s 4x400m race while Iftikhar Ahmed won the Men’s 1500m. A third athletics medal for Balochistan came courtesy Mohammad Shakeel in men’s triple jump. Punjab secured 3 golds as Shahnawaz and Safia won the Men’s and Women’s discus throw while Abdullah took the hammer throw title.
Mubashir from Punjab is in the line sweep the snooker events for Punjab as he booked the two singles finals berths while he’s also in the final of snooker team event. He defeated Islamabad’s Raja Munawar in five-set match by 3-2 (44-15, 2-32, 40-19, 31-32, 43-8) to set up a showdown in the 6-Red event with Sindh’s Umer Memon, who defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Amir Sohail 3-1 (28-05, 05-40, 38-22, 38-18).
Mubashir also cruises Umer 2-0 (73-19, 84-0) in the Men’s singles semi-final and now he’ll face Haris Nadeem from Sindh for the title race. Haris overcomes Amir 2-0 (64-11, 58-12). In the team event, Punjab easily outclassed Punjab by 3-1 (86-28, 79-43, 53-56, 72-41) to set up a final with Sindh, 3-2 (60-27, 10-62, 47-56, 49-39, 49-07) winners over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Punjab also dominating the football and netball events in both men and women categories as its teams reaches in the finals of two events.
In Men’s football semifinal, Punjab outsmarted KPK 1-0 while Balochistan ousted defending champions Islamabad 3-1. Punjab women team thrashed KPK women’s in the semifinal by 7-0 while Islamabad outplayed Sindh by 3-1 to seal the final berth against Punjab.
Both the Netball finals will see Punjab competing with Sindh for the gold. In Men’s semifinal Sindh outclassed KPK 24-20 while Punjab slammed Balochistan to reach in the final. In women’s event, Sindh outsmarted KPK 14-7 while Punjab cruises Islamabad 24-7.
Punjab won another gold as they outplayed Islamabad 2-0 in the final of women’s tennis team event. Sindh cruises Punjab in the semifinals of women’s singles and it will be All-Sindh final as Zoha and Hania defeated Shimza and Maha from Punjab.
Punjab also reaches into the final of Kabbadi event as they defeated Sindh by 35-11 and they will face KPK in the final who got walkover against FATA in semis.
In the first-round matches of squash team events, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Balochistan 3-0 in women’s event while Gilgit-Baltistan defeated Sindh 2-0 in men’s event.
Medals Table - Day 3