by Aruba Adil
KARACHI: Two Pakistanis bagged a gold and silver medal in the Special Olympics held in Los Angeles today.
Asim Zar won a gold medal in 100 meters freestyle for Aquatics and Aqsa Ahmed Janjua won the silver medal in 50 meters in free style for Aquatics.
About 6,500 athletes from 165 countries are participating in the event conducted at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The athletes will participate in 25 sports over nine days, ranging from weightlifting to the triathlon.
Zar belongs to Punjab. The 27-year-old was a star athlete at the 2007 Special Olympics in China, bagging two silver medals in 400 metre race and long jump. He will compete for 25 sports in total at the Special Olympics 2015, said Sanam Faisal, representative of the Special Olympics.
Aqsa belongs to Sindh.
Both of the winners have intellectual disabilities.