Hussain Shah

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Hussain Shah
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Representing  Pakistan
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul Middleweight

Syed Hussain Shah (Urdu: سيد حسين شاه‎) (born August 14, 1964) is a boxer from Liyari karachi Pakistan, who won the bronze medal in the Middleweight division (71–75 kg) at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. This was the country's first ever Olympic boxing medal.[1] He remains the only Pakistani sportsperson to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games in the last fifty-plus years.[2] Only other Pakistani to ever win an individual Olympic medal is the wrestler Muhammad Bashir, who won a bronze medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics.


Shah is the father of Shah Hussain Shah a judoka who competes in the -100 kg division.[1] hussain shah belongs to a Kutchi family.


At the 1988 Olympics he shared the podium with Kenya's Chris Sande. He was Pakistan's first boxer to win any medal in olympic boxing. In 1989, Lyari born boxer received Sitara-i-Imtiaz medal from Government of Pakistan.

Shah, who has also to his credit five gold in the South Asian Games history, remained the best boxer of Asia from 1980 to 1988, a rare prominence achieved by any Pakistani pugilist so far.

He later moved to Japan, where his son Shah Hussain Shah learned judo and went on to represent Pakistan at the international level.[3][4]


A biopic called "Shah" was released in Pakistan on 14 August 2015. The film chronicles Hussain Shah's poverty stricken childhood, his rise to fame as the Asian Boxing Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist, his subsequent return to poverty and finally his migration to Japan to coach Japanese boxers. The movie is directed and written by Adnan Sarwar with music by Adnan Sarwar and Farhan Albert.

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