BIRMINGHAM - After a long wait, Pakistan won its first medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Wednesday, when Shah Hussain Shah won a bronze medal in judo after defeating South African Thomas-Laszlo Breytenbach in Men’s -90 Kg event.

Shah Hussain Shah played against Australia’s Harrison Cassar in the quarterfinals, and again he lost after an Ippon in the bronze-medal bout. It should be mentioned here that Shah has now won a medal at the Commonwealth Games for the second time as he had won the silver medal in the 2014 competitions in Glasgow. The 20-year-old, son of Olympic bronze medalist boxer Hussain Shah, has also won two Gold medals for Pakistan in South Asian Games.

Nasir Iqbal and Faiza Zafar secured a win in their Mixed Doubles squash event of the Commonwealth Games. Nasir and Faiza beat Sri Lanka’s Sinaly Chanithma and Wakeel Shamil to advance to the round of 16. After a competitive first set, which ended 11-10, the Iqbal-Faiza duo thrashed Sri Lankans in the second set by 11-5, winning the clash in straight sets. Unfortunately, another Pakistani Mixed Doubles duo, Amna Fayyaz and Tayyab Aslam, lost their match against Meagan Best and Cumberbatch Khamal after a good performance. The Barbados duo won the match by 6-11 and 6-11 in straight sets.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Jehanara Nabi, who took part in Women’s 400m Freestyle, clocked 4:36.87, which unfortunately couldn’t help her qualify for the next stage of the swimming event. Qaiser Khan competed against New Zealand’s Jason Koster in the round of 16 of the Men’s 100 Kg Judo event. But the New Zealander beat Qaiser after an Ippon, which is the highest score a fighter can achieve.

Meanwhile, Pakistan women’s dismal campaign in the ongoing Commonwealth Games ended on Wednesday as they conceded a third straight defeat in their Group A match at Edgbaston Stadium. In their last group match, Pakistan women were thrashed by 44-run by formidable Australia outfit. Beth Mooney (70*) and Tahlia McGrath (78*) provided an unbeaten 141-run stand to lift Australia to a challenging 2/160 in 20 overs.

In reply, Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail tried to resurrect the innings with a promising partnership, but it did not last long. Bismah held the innings together for a while, but once she was dismissed by McGrath getting to the three-figure mark itself appeared challenging for Pakistan. Australia have maintained their hundred per cent record in Group A, winning all three fixtures. They have also booked a berth in the semifinals and will meet either New Zealand or England.


Australian swim star Emma McKeon made Commonwealth Games history on Tuesday by winning her 19th medal as Jacob Kiplimo raced to victory in the 10,000m on the first day of track and field. McKeon pulled one ahead of shooters Michael Gault and Phil Adams and fellow swim star Chad le Clos, who has endured a nightmare Games in Birmingham.

The 30-year-old South African had looked set to take the record himself when he came to Birmingham but so far he has just a silver medal to show for his efforts. On another dramatic night of action in the pool, Adam Peaty showed the mentality that has brought him three Olympic titles. The 27-year-old Englishman admitted to being at the “bottom of the bottom” after his shock defeat in the 100m but bounced back on Tuesday to take gold in the 50m.

Prince William, his wife Kate and their seven-year-old daughter Charlotte attended the morning session of the swimming events. The evening again belonged to dominant Australia, who have now won 22 golds at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre out of a total of 43 on offer.

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo made light of the absence of two-time world 10,000m champion Joseph Cheptegei by destroying his compatriot’s Commonwealth Games record at the Alexander Stadium. Kiplimo, who took bronze at the recent world championships, celebrated with a dance on crossing the line after finishing in 27min 09.19sec, ahead of Kenyan pair Daniel Ebenyo and Kibiwott Kandie.

There were golds too for Australia’s Nina Kennedy, who built on her bronze in the world championships to take the pole vault title with a best of 4.60 metres, and Chioma Onyekwere of Nigeria in the discus (61.70m). England’s Jake Jarman claimed a fourth gold medal on the final day of gymnastics while compatriot Joe Fraser grabbed his third with victory in the parallel bars.

On another stellar day for the home nation, Alice Kinsella won the women’s floor while Australia’s Kate McDonald won gold in the women’s balance beam. Cypriot Ilias Georgiou won the men’s horizontal bar. England finished with 10 gold medals out of a total of 14 in the artistic gymnastics.

In the more genteel world of lawn bowls, India triumphed in the women’s fours final, beating 2018 silver medallists South Africa 17-10, while Wales beat England in the men’s pairs final. On Tuesday he performed a celebratory dance and hopes there will be more to come from his compatriots on Wednesday.