Talented shot-putter Zeenat Parveen lifted her second consecutive bronze medal at the Asian Grand Prix which concluded at the Chonburi Campus Stadium in Thailand on Monday.
Zeenat, who had picked bronze in the second leg the other day by recording 13.93 metres, grabbed another bronze in the third leg of the event with 13.69 metres although her effort did not exceed the earlier one. Zeenat, who had entered the event with her personal best of 13.22, made laudable improvement during the competitions as she had also done well in the first leg by throwing the shot upto 13.62.
Meanwhile, the country’s fastest athlete Liaquat Ali, who will represent Pakistan in the London Olympics on wild card along with Rabia Ashiq, remained the biggest disappointment as he recorded 10.82 seconds, lower than his previous attempts of 10.70 each in the first two legs. But the encouraging thing was that Liaquat inked 10.70 in the first two legs, his personal best.
The 800metres specialist Rabia Ashiq, who had come up with her personal best performances in the first two legs with timings of 2:13.25 and 2:10.65, was disqualified in the third round, which ended her hope to make a national record which she wanted to do. Rabia had entered the meet with her personal best timing of 2:22.83.
Farhan Ahmad, another 800metres specialist, who had recorded 1:50.91 and 1:49.89 in the first two legs, fell short of his previous efforts and inked 1:51.37 in the third round. Farhan failed to better his personal best timing of 1:50.14 which he had recorded in the World Athletics Championship in Daegu (South Korea) last year.