CAS Awards Medals to the Winners
PAF and Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan (WSFP) joined hands with international marathon Travel Company, Z Adventures and Serena Hotels to showcase the real beauty of Pakistan to the world. It was a momentous occasion in the history of Pakistan as 154 long distance runners from 17 countries participated in Khunjerab Highest Altitude Road Marathon – the highest-ever marathon which took place at an elevation of 4693 meters above sea level.
The prize distribution ceremony of the event was held at Serena Hotel, Islamabad on September 25, 2019. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was the chief guest at the occasion. President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan Air Marshal Aasim Zaheer along with ambassadors of friendly countries and high-ranking PAF officers were also present at the ceremony.
Addressing at the occasion, the CAS lauded the efforts of the organisers and sponsors for arranging this historic sporting event. He expressed the hope that the international guests would take with them cherished memories and our traditional hospitality. He further stated, “Sports not only provide healthy activities to the individuals but also promote friendly relations among the participating countries.” CAS also applauded the strong will power of American paraplegic athlete Elizabeth Sanden, who participated in the toughest of marathons, riding her especially built tri-cycle. Later the chief guest awarded medals and trophies to the winning players.
In the 50 km race Muhammad Siyar (Pakistan Army) won the gold medal, Aslam Khan (Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts) and Muhammad Iqbal (Pakistan Army) earned the silver and bronze medals. In the female category, Karen Michelson (Canada) won the gold medal while Margaret Jo Retsena (U.S.) and Donna Woods (Canada) received silver and bronze medals. In the 42 km race, Umair Haider (Pakistan Army) won the gold medal, Muhammad Faheem (Pakistan Army) and Sohail Tanveer (Pakistan Army) were awarded silver and bronze respectively. In the female category of the 42 km race Heidi Johansen (Denmark) won the gold medal while Ayesha Jabeen (Gilgit-Baltistan) and Tracey Dumbleton (New Zealand) received silver and bronze medals. In the 21 km race, Mirza Aslam Baig (Gilgit-Baltistan) was awarded the gold medal. Abdul Muheet (Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts) and Musawwar ur Rehman (PAF) earned silver and bronze medals in this category. In the female category for this race Gilgit-Baltistan athletes grabbed all the medals with Bibi Nibat, Hasina Ismail and Shamim Ahmed earning the gold, silver and bronze medals.
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