Quarter-finals proved to be a hurdle too high for Pakistani competitors at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Thursday.
Three wrestlers couldn’t progress beyond the last-eight in their respective weight categories, table tennis hope Rahila Kashif also failed to make it to the semi-finals after being blanked by a Turkish rival while tennis players Aqeel Khan and Mohammad Abid also crashed out.
Pakistan wrestler Mohsin Abbas lost 1-4 to Mahmoud Ahmad Dahshan in their 66kg Greco-Roman quarter-final, the Jordanian winning on technical superiority.
Mohsin’s compatriot Abdul Rehman lost by fall to Turkmenistan’s Shermet Permanov in their 75kg Greco-Roman quarter-final while there was a technical superiority (4-0) victory for Azerbaijan’s Sabah Shariati over Pakistan’s Musab Akram Khan in the 130kg Greco-Roman bout. For Rahila too, the semi-finals proved a step too far. Turkey’s Melek Hu, the winner of last year’s European Championships, hammered her 11-1, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 to send Rahila packing. On the men’s side, Pakistan’s Mohammad Rameez was also ousted, losing 11-5, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 to Iran’s Noshad Derokolaei Alamiyan in the last-16.
On the tennis courts in the Azeri capital, Pakistan number one Aqeel and his doubles partner Abid were no match for Malaysians Ahmed Abdul Razak and Mohammed Merzuki as they were hammered 6-0, 6-3.
In the women’s singles, Pakistan’s Ushna Suhail couldn’t make it past the second round after she was stopped 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 by Theiviya Selva-Rajoo of Malaysia.—Agencies