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LOS ANGELES (Web Desk) – Pakistan has won its first Special Olympics gold medal in the swimming category at Uytengsu Aquatics Centre in Southern California.


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Pakistan special Olympian, Asim Zar won the gold medal in 100 meter freestyle swimming competition in Special Olympics 2015 games, reported The News.

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The 27-year-old Olympian had won several laurels for the country.

Zar also won the Special Olympics Summer Games in Division M14 of the swimming final. However, he was later disqualified for unknown reasons and Jamaica’s Jonathan Lowe was awarded the gold.

He was also a star athlete at the Special Olympics 2007 in China, bagging two silver medals in 400 metre race and long jump.

UPDATES: Female contestant Aqsa Ahmed got silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle swimming.

The Special Olympics World Games 2015 is going on in the Los Angeles, US.

Pakistani special players are taking part in nine sports categories, including athletics, swimming, football, basketball, tennis, table tennis, power lifting and cycling.

Mahfooz Ilahi is the head of delegation and Asma Hasan is deputy head. As many as 7000 athletes from 177 countries are joining the mega event.