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Asim Zar bags Pakistan's first gold medal in Special Olympics history

Aqsa Ahmed Janjua and Salman Siddiqui also won medals for Pakistan rounding off a memorable day in the nation's sporting history.

News 30 Jul 2015, 10:22 IST
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The Pakistan team marches during the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS)

It was a day to celebrate for Pakistan, as three of their athletes taking part in the Special Olympics here grabbed medals on Wednesday.

The nation's first gold medal came in the 100-metre freestyle swimming event as Asim Zar tasted victory. He became the first Pakistani to clinch a gold medal in Special Olympics history, according to Dawn.com.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Asim joined Special Olympics Pakistan 20 years ago and the now 27-year-old shot to prominence at the 2007 Special Olympics in China by clinching two silver medals in the 400-metre race and long jump.

The other medals were won by Aqsa Ahmed Janjua who pocketed the silver in 50 metres women's freestyle relay while Salman Siddiqui clinched the bronze medal in 500 metres time trial cycling.

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