[dropcap]K[/dropcap]everalARACHI – 7th November 2015 will go down in the history of city athletics in Karachi as a remarkable day. For the guests and spectators in attendance at the Sindh Track and Field organized Break The Barrier Track and Field championship it was an opportunity to witness many firsts.
With over 400 athletes participating from 39 schools, colleges and universities it was the largest gathering of students and amateur athletes this city has seen in a long time. While two young teenagers from Sindh Track and Field club and Foundation Public School completely dominated their categories and events, the real news was the broad participation across all age and social income strata. Shorter sprints are always popular, but this time it was the 400m and 800m events that drew large crowds of young athletic talent at National Coaching center. To increase awareness for the cause of special needs education, the event didn’t just start with a race for special needs children, it also featured a team of mainstream school children running for a special needs school who came within a whisker of claiming the championship trophy. Finally we didn’t just see participation from leading private schools we also saw teams and clubs compete and win on behalf of government schools in Dalmia and old Subzi Mandi.
In the open category Abdul Mueed and Hiba broke the NCC field records in the 100m sprint held by amateur athletes. The 6’ 3’’, teen sensation Mueed clocked a blazing 10.8 seconds in the 100m sprint to pick up the gold as well as claim the cash prize for breaking the barrier. Mueed went on to pick two additional golds in the 200m and 400m sprints. Fellow teenager Hiba Khurshid from Foundation Public School claimed the cash prize in the women category by breaking her own personal best and clocking 12.6 seconds in the 100m sprint. Hiba picked up 5 more gold medals during the day as well led her school and club team to victory in the 4×100 relay race. Almas Ibrahim claimed the last Break The Barrier cash prize of the day by picking up a gold in the 400m sprint in the same category with a time of 65.93 seconds.
In the school category Generations and Foundation Public School picked up the championship trophies in the boys and girls category respectively. Bilal Salman from Generations and Hiba Khurshid from Foundation Public School were declared the best athletes for scoring the most points across all events and athletes in their category during the daylong event.
In the men 4×100 relay race Athletic Fitness School caused the biggest upset of the day by beating the pre-event favorites Aga Khan University Hospital and MSA club.
The one day track and field championship was sponsored by Western Union, Arpatech, English Biscuits and FinanceTrainingCourse.com. Volunteers from Karachi University, FAST NUCES, [email protected] and The Nest.io helped out with organization, logistics and social media coverage. This was the third event during the current calendar year organized by Sindh Track and Field club in collaboration with the city and provincial amateur athletic associations.