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Pakistan's bad time continues at London Olympics 2012

2012-07-31 16:28:15 GMT2012-08-01 00:28:15(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

by Jamil Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The unlucky and bad time continued for Pakistani players at the London Olympics 2012 as its two swimmers and a shooter have bowed out on Tuesday besides the injuries to its two athletes before their events.

The latest bad news for Pakistan came ahead of the track events as its only female runner Rabia Ashiq, who is to participate in the 800-meter race, was affected by back spasms while sprinter Liaqat Ali has been facing stiff legs problems ahead of his competitions.

Team coach Bushra Parveen told local media that Ashiq had over a week to recover as her event takes place on August 8 but Ali had not enough time, he was to be fit for his August 4 heat.

She told that the players suffered minor injuries due to the Mondo track and they are working hard with them to recover.

"We've got tartan tracks in Pakistan so it's a tricky situation for our athletes. But we'll try our best to get acclimatised to the track so that our athletes can run to their potential in the competition," said Parveen.

Strong winds and chilly weather in London was also proven to be a discomfort for Pakistani players as majority of them belong to hot areas.

Earlier Pakistan's only female swimmer Anam Bandey and male swimmer Israr Hussain have lost their first qualifying rounds while the solo shooter Khurran Inam was also knocked out of the mega event after he ranked 28 amongst 36 shooters with the total score of 112.

Apart from the hockey team, Pakistan's all five players were allowed to participate in the event on wild-cards.

Now, Pakistan's all hopes are with the struggling hockey team that played drawn 1-1 in their opening match against Spain on Monday.

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