Pakistan weightlifter Mohammad Nooh grabs bronze medal in Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

GOLD COAST, Queensland, (Australia): The 20-year-old Pakistan’s weightlifter Mohammad Noor Dastagir Butt grabbed bronze medal in the +105kg weight category in the ongoing XXI Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being played at different venues on Monday.

It was the second gold bronze medal came in the weightlifting for Pakistan when Mohammad Nooh Dastagir Butt in +105kg weight category when he picked 173kg weight in Snatch and despite he failed in two attempts when he went for 177kg twice he made a clean and jerk.

Pakistan grabbed another bronze medal when Mohammad Nooh Dastgir Butt in +105 kg weight when he picked 173kg weight in snatch, but failed in two attempts of 177 and 177kg he successfully picked 222kg weight in clean and jerk by recording an aggregated total of 395kg weight behind New Zealander David Lityi (402) kg weight for gold medal and Louiti Lui of Samoa with 400kg weight. David Lityi of New Zealand claimed gold medal with 403kg weight by recording 166kg, 174kg in snatch and 220kg and 229kg in clean and jerk. Louiti Lui of Samoa with 175kg in snatch and 215kg, 215kg and 225kg in clean and jerk by giving a total of 400kg for the silver medal. Mohammad Noor Dastagir Butt had the honor of winning silver medal in 2017 at Gold Coast, Australia with his 389kg weight, Penag, Malaysia he got bronze medal in 2016 with his 369kg weight and in 2015 Pune, India he grabbed bronze medal with his weight 357kg.

His father won a bronze medal at the 1984 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tabriz, is a four-time gold medalist at the South Asian Games (1981, 1987, 1989, 1991) and was the Pakistani national champion from 1981-1998. His younger brother Hanzala Dastgir Butt (PAK) finished fourth at the 2017 Asian Youth Championships in Kathmandu. His uncles Barber Butt and Ejaz Butt represented Pakistan internationally.

Talking to reporter, Mohammad Nooh Dastagir Butt said that he wants to represent Pakistan in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. “I wish to win back more medals and hopefully I’m fully eager to do so. I also thanked my family, my coach and above all prayers of the whole Pakistani nation,” he added.

In the boxing event 52kg weight category Syed Mohammad Asif of Pakistan moved to the round 16 before defeating Brain Agina of Kenya by 4-1 on points. It was very tough battle between Syed Mohammad Asif of Pakistan and Brain Agina of Kenya.

Now Mohammad Asif has good chance to win back another medal for Pakistan if he made it to the round of quarter-finals in the same Men’s 52kg weight of boxing event. Surprisingly the most talented Ali Ahmad of Pakistan lost to Colum French of England in Men’s 60kg weight category of round of 16 by 5-0 on points. England Colum French did not give much time to Ali Ahmad to settle down and thus marched into victory in the pre-quarters to move to the round of 16.

In the swimming event Bisma Khan qualified the heat of 50m back strong by taking third position overall with her clock time 50m back stroke 31.43sec behind the leader Gemma Atherley with 30.91sec and Aaliyah Palestrini. Syed Mohammad Haseeb Tariq of Pakistan got 7th position with his poor time of 24.82 in the 50m free style.

New Zealand’s comeback queen Joelle King wins squash gold. New Zealand’s Joelle King has capped off a remarkable comeback from a ruptured Achilles in August 2014 to become New Zealand’s first Commonwealth Games individual squash gold medallist.

King defeated English No.4 seed Sarah-Jane Perry 3-2 at Oxenford Studios. The New Zealander returned to the top five in the world for the first time in four years this April having dropped as low as No.57 during her injury layoff. She was ranked number four heading into the Games.

King claimed the first two games 16-14, 11-8 in a messy opening as both players battled early nerves and referee disputes. Perry was able to stay in the contest, winning the third game 11-6, despite having to take an injury timeout after crashing head first into the side wall at 8-5.

It seemed to have little effect as she closed out the third and dug deep to win the fourth 13-11. But King was able to regain her composure in the decider, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. That proved decisive as she fought off one last Perry surge to win the game 11-8 and seal victory in 78 minutes.

It was King’s sixth-straight win over the Englishwoman. King now turns her attention to women’s and mixed doubles where she can emulate Australia’s Natalie Grinham, who swept all three gold medals at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

It wasn’t quite the perfect night for New Zealand, with Coll defeated by England’s James Willstrop 3-0 in the gold medal match.

Malaysia’s Nafizwan Adnan won bronze, defeating Joel Makin 3-2. In other Squash news, Tesni Evans secured Wales’ first women’s Commonwealth Games squash medal, defeating two-time singles gold medallist Nicol David 3-1 in the bronze-medal match.