Pakistani wrestlers Inam, Zaman qualify for final

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Commonwealth Games 2022

Pakistan squash players in Men’s Doubles round of 32

Pakistani wrestlers Inam Butt and Zaman Khan Friday qualified for the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling event of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 scheduled to be held later today.

Inam defeated South Africa’s Edward Lessing by 5-3 in Men’s Freestyle 86kg Wrestling event’s semi-final to ensure a medal for Pakistan CWG.

In a close contest, both the fighters dominated with their defending skills. However, Inam made the most of the last minutes to score two crucial points to qualify for the final.

Gujranwala-born Inam will meet India’s Deepak Punia in Men’s Freestyle 86kg Wrestling event’s final today.

On the other hand, Zaman Khan outclassed his England opponent to reach the final of the Men’s Freestyle 125kg wrestling event. Zaman will meet Canada’s Amarveer Dhesi later today.

In Men’s Freestyle 65kg Wrestling event, Inayatullah lost to Canada’s Lachlan McNeil by 11-0. He managed to make his place in the bronze medal contest against Scotland’s Ross Connelly.

After knocking out Malta’s Adam Vella in just three minutes, Pakistan’s wrestler Inayatullah has qualified for the quarter-finals of the Men’s Freestyle 65kg wrestling event at the Commonwealth Games.

Inayat followed the footsteps of champion wres-tler Inam Butt and dominated his opponent. After taking 10 straight technical points, Inayat was de-clared the winner. Vella remained helpless and he failed to score a point.

Later today, Inayat will meet Nigeria’s Amas Daniel in the quarter-final match. Pakistan’s squash players have reached the Men’s Doubles Round of 32 after sealing a convincing victory in the Com-monwealth Games 2022 competition on Thursday.

Pakistani duo of Tayyab Aslam and Nasir Iqbal competed against Ghana’s duo of Evans Ayih and Clement Anafo. The Pakistani pair won the match by prevailing over the rivals in both sets in the multi-sport event underway in the United Kingdom city of Birmingham.

They won in straight sets by 11-1, 11-1. Now, they will clash with Scotland’s Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart today (August 5).

But, in both the Mixed Doubles and Women’s Doubles round of 16, Pakistan lost. Pakistani duo of Faiza Zafar and Nasir Iqbal faced a drubbing at the hand of their opponents from New Zealand, Joelle King and Paul Coll. Faiza and Nasir were defeated in straight sets by 11-3 and 11-4.

The Pakistani pair witnessed the same fate in Women’s Doubles as the USA’s Rachel Arnold and Aifa Azman trounced them on Thursday.—Agencies

 

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