Paralympian Haider Ali made Pakistan proud on Friday by earning the country’s first-ever Paralympic gold medal with a podium finish in the discus throw event at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Ukraine’s Zhabnyak won silver with a throw of 52.43 meters, while Brazilian Teixeira de Souza took bronze with a throw of 51.86 meters.
Anila Izzat Baig and Haider Ali, both Pakistani athletes, competed in the Paralympics in Tokyo. Unfortunately, Baig was unable to win any medals.
Previously, Haider Ali participated in the Paralympic long jump, winning a silver medal in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2016. The athlete, who has cerebral palsy, also competed in the discus throw at the World Para-Athletics Championship in Dubai in 2019 and earned a silver medal for Pakistan.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a collection of conditions that impairs a person’s ability to move, balance, and maintain posture. All para-athletes with cerebral palsy participate in the F37 category.