Boosted by SAG gold, Shah Hus­sain eyes Rio qual­i­fi­ca­tion

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Ju­doka Shah Hus­sain Shah in­flated Pak­istan's gold medal tally to 12 as the South Asian Games came to a close on Tues­day and im­me­di­ately set sights on qual­i­fy­ing for this sum­mer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Shah won the men's -100kg fi­nal at the Jawa­har­lal Nehru In­door Sports Hall when he over­came In­dian Shub­ham Ku­mar in a minute and 29 sec­onds on the last day of com­pe­ti­tion at the re­gional ex­trav­a­ganza.

It was the se­cond gold for Pak­istan in judo on Tues­day af­ter Fouzia Mum­taz ear­lier won the women's -78kg fi­nal as the coun­try fin­ished third in the medals ta­ble with 106 (12-37-57), be­hind top­pers and hosts In­dia's 308 (188-90-30) and Sri Lanka's 186 (25-63-98).

But Shah, cur­rently ranked 46th in IJF rank­ings, re­mains Pak­istan's only hope at the Olympics af­ter the hockey team failed to make the cut.

"My aim is to get more than 200 points to qual­ify for the Olympics," Shah Hus­sain, look­ing to em­u­late his father; boxer Hus­sain Shah who won bronze at the 1988 Olympics, told Press Trust of In­dia news agency.

"There's Pan Amer­ica in March in Ar­gentina, and the Asian cham­pi­onship in Tashkent, Uzbek­istan in April. I am sure I can make the grade. I want to achieve some­thing for the coun­try like my dad."

Ear­lier in a tricky women's - 78kg field, Fouzia edged out In­dia's Aruna with 210 points to 200 in a round-robin league af­ter the cat­e­gory saw just four con­tes­tants.

Fouzia and Aruna had an ex­cit­ing fight in which the for­mer flipped her ri­val onto her back for a waza-ari and the score ended 10-0, which ul­ti­mately proved cru­cial in get­ting her the gold. There was also a sil­ver for Pak­istan on Tues­day af­ter Been ish Khan lost an evenly-con­tested women's - 70kg fi­nal to In­dia's Pooja in 3:03 min­utes while Afzal Bashir claimed bro nze in the men's - 90kg event.

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