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Azhar Hussain (Urdu: اظہر حسین‎; born 15 March 1984, Muzaffargarh)[1] is a wrestler from Pakistan. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won his country's first medal, a silver,[2] and its second, a gold. His second medal, gave Pakistan a Commonwealth wrestling gold medal after 40 years.[3]

Azhar Hussain
Medal record
Men's Wrestling
Representing  Pakistan
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 New Delhi Freestyle (55kg)
Silver medal – second place 2010 New Delhi Greco-Roman (55kg)
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow Freestyle (57kg)
XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Wrestling (Men’s Freestyle 55Kg) Azhar Hussain of Pakistan (Gold) (centre), Ebikewenimo Welson of Nigeria (Silver) and Anil Kumar of India (Bronze), during the medal presentation ceremony

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BackgroundEdit

Azhar Hussain belongs to Tehsil and District Muzaffargarh and is a resident of village near Modka.

CareerEdit

Pakistan ArmyEdit

He joined Pakistan Army in year 2002 and was recruited in Baloch Regiment. During the initial days of his service, he competed in Unit/ Formation level wrestling competitions and displayed excellent competitive skills of wrestling.

Basing on his talent, he was selected to join Army Camp for further training under qualified Junior Commissioned Officer, Coach Subedar Hashim Ali.

WrestlingEdit

2010Edit

Hussain participated in the 55 kg class in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India. He won a silver medal in Greco-Roman after he was defeated (11-0) by Rajender Kumar in the final.[2] In the finals of the freestyle event he won the gold, defeating his Nigerian opponent and securing the country's first title since the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where they won four golds.[3]

2014Edit

Hussain was selected to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, UK[4] In these Games, he won a bronze medal in the 57kg freestyle wrestling event beating South Africa's B. Masunyane, 4-1.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Azhar Hussain Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 official website. Retrieved 29 July 2014
  2. ^ a b Pakistan bags first medal at Commonwealth Games Archived 8 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Dawn 6 October 2010
  3. ^ a b Azhar ends Pakistan’s 40 year wait with CWG gold Archived 12 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Dawn Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ Pakistan to send 62 member team to Commonwealth Team Samaa tv Retrieved 20 July 2014