A fantastic effort from Pakistan’s Shajar Abbas who has qualified for the final of the Men’s 200m after clocking a time of 20.89 seconds in his semi-final at Commonwealth Games 2022 being held in Birmingham.
Shajar Abbas qualified for 200M race final, the only asian in the list .
The 22-year old’s journey from trying to be a cricketer and then swtiching to athletics is quite an achievement.
He hails from a viilage in Pattoki. Abbas won 3 medals for Pak already this year.
The Commonwealth Games are just Shajar’s third international event. He has been a success as earlier on his debut he won the 200m gold medal with 20.91 seconds on the clock at the International Imam Reza Cup Tournament in Iran. He further proved his mettle with another gold medal in the 100m sprint that he finished in 10.38 seconds in Kazakhstan in June.
The performance at the Commonwealth Games has come as a surprise to Shajar, when he finished his heat on the top place with 20.87 seconds in 200m.
“I was really upset with my 100m result, but then to be in the semi-finals is something I have been aiming at, and I am excited for the 200m sprint, I am very happy with that result,” Shajar told The Express Tribune before his event. “I will leave my all on the track, but I need lots of prayers from all the Pakistanis around the world really.”
Shajar emerged as an exquisite talent for Pakistan in 2019 when he competed at the U18 and U20 National Championship where he finished first, clocking 21.5 seconds in the 200m in Lahore.