KARACHI: Punjab continued to dominate as they secured most of the gold medals in weightlifting and other disciplines on the penultimate day of the 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Youth Games at the Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Thursday, while Sindh trailed at the fourth spot.
Punjab got seven gold in eight weights in men’s weightlifting and were leading the overall medal-chart with 59 gold, 33 silver and 23 bronze medals.
They were followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 18 gold, 16 silver and 36 bronze medals. Balochistan had 17 gold, 19 silver and 29 bronze medals.
Sindh have emerged as the weakest province as they are limping with 13 gold, 20 silver and 27 bronze medals.
Punjab had claimed three gold in the initial three weights of weightlifting on Wednesday and it went on to secure four more out of five weights on Thursday. The fifth gold medal went to Islamabad.
In 77kg, Farhan Amjad of Punjab got gold, Safi Ullah of Balochistan captured silver, while Abdul Rahman of Sindh claimed bronze.
In 85kg, Abdul Rehman of Punjab claimed gold, Mohammad Bilal of Balochistan clinched silver, while Imran of FATA got bronze.
In 94kg, M Saqib of Islamabad claimed gold, Mubashir Habib of Punjab took silver, while Yaseen Danish of KP captured bronze.
In 105kg, Hanzala Dastagir of Punjab claimed gold and Ghulam Mustafa of Islamabad got silver. In +105kg, Khurram Ali of Punjab claimed gold, Huzran Khan of FATA grabbed silver and Nasir Mehmood of KP took bronze.
Punjab also got gold in men’s kabaddi after beating KP, while Sindh finished with bronze.
Punjab also got men’s team event badminton gold, beating Islamabad in the final. KP and Azad Jammu and Kashmir claimed bronze medals. Punjab also captured women team event badminton gold when they beat Sindh. KP and Islamabad clinched bronze medals.
Punjab’s Mubashir Raza got men’s snooker singles gold, beating Haris Nadeem of Sindh. Amir Sohail of KP and Sindh’s Umar Memon claimed bronze medals.
Punjab also got team event snooker gold by beating Sindh. KP and Islamabad took bronze.
Emerging 15-year-old Laiba Ijaz of KP grabbed double crown in women squash event, winning individual and team gold.
She had won gold in girls’ singles on the opening day and on Thursday she was part of KP side which beat Punjab in the final of women’s team event. Laiba had formed KP side with sisters Nimra Aqeel and Hira Aqeel.
KP’s Mansoor Zaman also won double crown when he got the better of Zeeshan Zeb in boys singles and then he was part of the KP team which beat Punjab in the final.
In men’s baseball event, Punjab defeated FATA 12-2 to secure gold medal. KP won bronze, beating Sindh in the third position match.
Sindh got bronze in women’s volleyball by ousting Islamabad 3-0.
Sindh also claimed bronze in women hockey when they were given walk-over by Gilgit-Baltistan as they did not turn up for the third position match.
Hareem Anwar of Sindh got gold when she beat Fatima Khan of Punjab 4-3 in women singles final of the table tennis competitions.