Haider Ali (athlete)
|Born||12 December 1984
Haider Ali (born 12 December 1984 in Gujranwala) is an all-around Pakistani para-athlete who created history at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China by winning the country's first ever Paralympic games medal, a silver. He also shared a new world record with his jump of 6.44 meters at the Games.
Beijing Paralympics 2008
Haider, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, took part in F-37/38 Category men’s long jump and covered a distance of 6.44 meters, winning a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics. A Tunisian athlete, Farhat Chida, who covered the same distance, won a gold medal because he made six successful jumps overall, whereas Haider’s second and fifth jumps were rejected but he managed to equal Chida in his last attempt.
Both Haider and Farhat Chida scored a total of 1104 points each through their 6.44 meter jump, which is also a new world record in the games for people with disabilities.
In addition to T-38 Category, Haider also participated in three other events. In the 100 meter T38 sprint he was ranked ninth among nine runners, in the 200 meters against 7 runners he came in fifth and in the Discus Throw F37/38, where he was close to winning a bronze medal but his points tally of 986 fell just seven short of Dong Xia of China, who compiled 1003 points and took third place.
2010 Asian Para Games
- Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Athletes and Teams, http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/BIO/Athlete/3/1208043.shtml
- "Haider Ali proves there is life after the Olympic Games!" by Gul Hameed Bhatti, http://www.geosuper.tv/articles.asp?id=398
- Associated Press of Pakistan "Pakistan’s Haider Ali creates history by winning silver medal in Long Jump in Paralympics Games.", http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=52159&Itemid=40
- PDF Result for Discus Throw, http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/INF/AT/C73S/ATM606101.pdf
- Against All Odds by Dr. Farooq Beg 22 February 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011