With Pakistan’s three athlete strong delegation having major funding issues going into the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai, Ali Haider and Muhammad Awais had disappointing results in the men’s T37 100 meter event.
On a wet track following rain earlier in the morning, the race started with a false start by Kazakhstan’s Yelaman Zholaman. Athletes appeared confused as they lined up for a restart that took some time to happen. One of the competitors kept putting his hand up as if stretching to delay the start a few seconds. When the second start took place, a number of the remaining seven racers appeared unprepared and Thailand’s Sakphet Saewang was disqualified because of his own false start.
When the third start occurred, both Haider and Awais appeared to be taken by surprise with very slow starts. Only Awais recovered to get a fifth place finish in a time of 14.08. This was slower than his time in the heats of 13.56. Haider put up a time of 14.18 in the heats. Both were outside the 2016 Paralympic B-Qualifying time of 0:12.90.
Awais has two more events left on his program in Dubai, the men’s T36-38 long jump and men’s F37/38 javelin throw. Haider only has the men’s T36-38 long jump remaining.