BALI: Pakistan ended the wrestling competition on high note with four medals after winning one silver and one bronze in the Asian Beach Games 2008 here at the Beach Wrestling Arena on Saturday.
Muhammad Ali led the country to a silver in the 75kgs and Muhamamd Taseen claimed a bronze in above 85kgs on the final day as Pakistan had earlier won a gold through Ghulam Haider 65kgs and a bronze by Usman Majeed in 85kgs.
This is the best performance in wrestling by Pakistan in Asia.
The four-member team put up a dazzling performance as each of them won a medal and it was best ever performance with best performance coming from Ghulam Haider who won the gold in 65kg, ending a medal drought after 22 years.
Pakistanís last medal winner at Asia was late Abdul Majeed Maroowala who fetched a gold in Soul Asian Games ways back in 1986.
Ali fought four back to back bouts in day but failed to impress in the final. In each wrestling one bout is decided in three minutes and a wrestler getting two points is declared winners.
Ali beat Philippines Luis Ansag in the opening bout, then defeated Japanís Takahimsa in the quarter finals, beating Afghanistanís strong Ahmad Mansoor in the semi finals but lost to South Korean Lee Yun Seok in the final in which the Korean wrestler applied superb tactics and grabbed him from the neck and twice put him down to earn successive points. Ali tried his best to grab the leg of his opponent who smartly eluded all his moves with greater anticipation.
Lanky Taseen emerged winner with a bleeding forehead as Kyrgistanís Janar Kenjeev had a head to head fight with him as both of them put in much force in the same posture to earn a point. Janar was the first to take 1-0 lead by getting hold of Tanseen as the Pakistan wrestler made it 1-1 through a brilliant neck lock and then put him down on the sand after grabbing his opponent from the back.
Taseen was beaten by Mongoliaís Angalan Enkh in the opening bout who beat South Korean Hyun Tae Koo in the final to win the gold. Taseen also defeated Kazakhstan Kendey Janarbez in his next round bout.
Teamís coach former Olympian Muhammad Anwar praised the performance of the team and said all the members gave brilliant performance to win medals in the event.
Secretary, Pakistan Wrestling Federation, Chaudhry Muhammad Asghar said Pakistan team has opened a new chapter in wrestling history by winning four medals in an Asian championship.