Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: Pakistan’s Haider Ali makes history by winning gold medal

Pakistan’s Haider Ali rewrote history books Friday when he became the first Pakistani to win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games.

Haider Ali achieved the feat in the Men’s Discus Throw competition, heaving it at an impressive 55.26m distance to notch the gold medal.

His 55.26m throw is a personal best and is three metres longer than Mykola Zhabnyak’s throw, who finished in second place.

The athlete, who suffers from cerebral palsy, also competed in the discus throw at the World Para-Athletics Championship in Dubai in 2019 and won a silver medal for Pakistan.

Cerebral palsy is a disorder because of which one part of a person’s body becomes weakened as compared to other parts. All para-athletes with cerebral palsy participate in the F37 category.

Haider Ali had competed in the long jump at the Paralympics, winning a silver medal in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2016.

He was the last hope for Pakistan to win a medal after the other Pakistani athlete, Anila Izzat Baig, had been disqualified.

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