Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed has created history by becoming the fastest woman of the region when she won the 100-metre sprint gold medal at the South Asian Games.
Daughter of Pakistan
The 22-year-old from Karachi clocked 11.81seconds, 0.12seconds ahead of Sri Lanka’s Pramila Priyadarshani, to bag her first gold medal before a strong crowd at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Wearing national green tights, she led the field among the eight runners after her easy qualification for the finals.
“I had forgotten the world for six months and trained really very, very hard under my coach Maqsood Ahmed to achieve this,” Naseem Hameed said. “It is a great moment for me to have brought glory to the country in my event after the poor showing by our national cricket team and
especially since our athletics standards have been poor of late,” she added.
“I hope my performance will inspire the young athletes to become professionals.”
Both 100-metre results turned out to be upsets as Shehan Saearuwan of Sri Lanka toppled India’s Abdul Najeeb Qureshi who had previously won the 200-metre event.
Meanwhile, for Naseem Hameed to win the 100-metre sprint was a historic moment as no Pakistani woman had achieved this feat in 26-year history of the regional games.
Naseem Hameed returned home to Karachi on Thursday after winning the 100-metre sprint event at the South Asian Games in Dhaka.
Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Chief Lt.Gen (Rtd) Syed Arif Hasan congratulated Naseem for her historic performance and announced a one-lakh-rupee (Rs.100,000) cash prize for her remarkable achievement.
Pakistan quartet of Naseem, Javaria Hassan, Nazia Nazir and Sadaf Siddiqui won the women’s 4×100 relay race by covering the distance in 47.16 seconds. India took the gold and Bangladesh silver medal.
Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed, now the fastest woman in South Asia, with her proud parents.
Her father Hameed told Geo TV on Tuesday that he is an illiterate man and does not know much but only prays for her daughter and helps her and his other children in their education. Her mother has great contribution in her achievement, he said.
“Naseem had great fondness for the game and adored it from infancy. Our relatives were against her stance to come to the field of sports but it was her willpower which helped her stick to the game and attain such a success,” Naseem mother said. “She is a son for me and I always pray for her,” her mother, who broke into tears, said.
Her sister, Annie, who is a football player, said, players have to do everything on their own to succeed, as the authorities do not properly support them.
After her brilliant performance, Naseem now feels that her feat will definitely add to her responsibility.
“Definitely, after such an achievement, the pressure builds and it will certainly add to my responsibility but I will try to face all the pressure and will struggle to make my career more healthy,” the proud athlete said.