Celebrations: Pakistanis bring home 34 medals from the Special Olympics 2015


The Special Olympics 54-person team that traveled from Pakistan to Los Angeles bagged a total of 34 medals, including 13 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals in eight different events.

Special Olympics Pakistan director Sanam Saigol has mentioned that the team did well in the last games as well and praised the overall performance of the team for this year’s games.

The cyclists were the most spectacular and seemed to dominate the Time Trial races. Uzma Yousuf and Tauseef Hassan grabbed two gold medals each in the Time Trial and Road Race events. Sumbal Yousuf secured a gold medal in the Time Trial. Salman Siddiqui won a gold as well as bronze medal in the Time Trial. Mehmoona Hussain and Khadija Irfan both won two medals each as well in the Time Trial – a silver and bronze.

Asim Zar, freestyle swimmer, was the first Pakistani to win a gold medal. He secured gold in the 100m race and a silver in the 50m races. Swimmer Aqsa Janjua won a gold medal in the 50m backstroke race and a silver in the 50m Freestyle event.

In the athletics category, our Special Olympic athletes won a total of eight medals. Ramail Irshad won gold, while Saira Ikram, Amina Irshad, Amjad Khan and Nadir Hussain won silver medals. Nayab Bibi, Marvi Azhar, and Muhammad Waseem won bronze.

In the tennis doubles event, Muhammad Qayyum and Ahsan Anwar won gold together. In the singles event, Anwar won silver and Qayyum won bronze.

Muhammad Arham and Faisal Khursheed won silver in the table tennis doubles event. Khursheed played with Ruqia Latif in the mixed doubles and they won bronze. Ruqia played in the singles event as well, and won a bronze for herself.

In the badminton mixed double event, Jahanzaib and Umesalma Tayyab clinched a gold medal. They each grabbed a gold in the singles event as well.

With 10 players on the squad, the basketball team won the silver medal in Division TM.06 Medal B.

Eight players on the squad, the football team, in an event which has five players on the field on each side, played in Division 5M3 and won bronze.