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Pakistan Ali Haider gets DNF and Muhammad Awais finishes last in men’s T37 100 meter final in Dubai

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Ali Haider of Pakistan. Image credit: IPC Athletics

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Muhammad Awais of Pakistan. Image credit: IPC Athletics

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2521 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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