Pakistan’s Shajar Abbas is through to the next round of the 200m sprints in the Commonwealth Games after winning his heat.
The sprinter completed the distance in a blistering time of 21.12s to finish first ahead of the Nigerian Udodi Onwuzuruike who qualified second with a time of 21.18s.
At the 100m mark, the Pakistani athlete trailed both Onwuzuruike and Abdul Rasheed Saminu of Ghana before making up in the final stages of the race.
Dubbed the fastest man from Pakistan, he also narrowly missed out on the next round of the 100m event by a mere 0.01 seconds before making his mark in the longer distance today.
He has the chance to make unprecedented history for Pakistan when he competes in the semifinal heats which take place in Birmingham on Saturday against some of the fastest sprinters in the world.
The win for Shajar Abbas caps a brilliant couple of days for Pakistan at the Commonwealth Games with the country netting its first gold medal in Weightlifting via Muhammad Nooh Dastagir Butt while Shah Hussain Shah secured a bronze medal.
Pakistan also has a chance for a podium finish in the Javelin throw with Arshad Nadeem once again making the final of the competition.