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Talha Talib Narrowly Misses Out Winning Medal for Pakistan 🇵🇰

Young weightlifter Talha Talib on Sunday missed out on a rare Olympic medal for Pakistan but turned plenty of heads as Pakistan finally took notice of him.

The 21-year-old lifter from Gujranwala, making his Olympics debut, took part in the 67kg category and held the gold medal spot until the final round before eventually being bumped down and denied a podium finish.

In the end, he finished fifth as China’s Lijun Chen, Colombia’ Luis Javier Mosquera Lozano, and Italy’s Mirko Zani captured gold, silver, and bronze respectively.

Talha Talib, Weightlifting, Tokyo Olympics
Talha Talib, Weightlifting, Tokyo Olympics

Talib’s lift of 151kg in the Snatch category was the second-best of the round. He failed in his first Clean & Jerk attempt of 166kg and even though he was successful for the same weight in his next attempt and also cleared 170kg later, his combined total of 320 was surpassed by others, including Zani, who lifted jus 2kg more than Talib.

For a little while during Clean & Jerk, he was in the lead, giving his growing number of fans back home a glimmer of hope. Nonetheless, Talib’s performance despite an obvious lack of resources turned him into a hero as Twitterati showered him with praises and his name became the top Pakistani trend on the site.

Pakistan cricket team allrounder Shadab Khan said “Pakistan is proud of Talha Talib” as he urged “sponsors and sports administration to help athletes like Talha”.

Pakistan Women’s team member Javeria Khan said: “Win or lose, you have already made Pakistan proud.”

https://twitter.com/ImJaveria/status/1419272593526431752

Famous Pakistani model and actress Mahira Khan said: “You’ve made us all very very proud!”

Veteran journalist Aalia Rasheed spoke for everyone as she tweeted: “Still proud of you Talha Talib!”

https://twitter.com/aaliaaaliya/status/1419280505586032641

Test cricketer Azhar Ali said that Talib’s performance “shows that if we invest more time and money into our athletes, they can do wonders”.

https://twitter.com/AzharAli_/status/1419291335773855744

Talib’s journey to Tokyo Olympics was made possible after the International Olympic Committee accepted a request from the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and offered the young lifter an invitation place in -67kgs category.

Talha Talib, Weightlifting, Tokyo Olympics

He has clinched medals in Commonwealth (bronze), South Asian Games (gold), and International Solidarity Weigh­tlifting Championship (gold), according to POA

Talha Talib, Weightlifting, Tokyo Olympics

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