Great news from the world of sports! Kashmala Talat, a talented shooter from Pakistan, has officially earned a spot in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. She achieved this feat by winning a silver medal at the Asian Shooting Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event, Talat showcased her impressive skills, securing the second position with a fantastic score of 236.6 points. The gold medal was claimed by India’s Esha Singh, who scored 243.1 points, while Talat’s teammate Rhythm Sangwan secured the bronze with 214.5 points.
At just 21 years old, Talat has become the third Pakistani shooter to qualify for the Paris Olympics, joining the ranks of Gulfam Joseph and G.M. Bashir. Notably, she is the first female shooter from Pakistan to achieve this milestone.
Talat’s success isn’t new; she had previously won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the Asian Games last year, contributing to Pakistan’s medal tally alongside silver in team squash and a bronze in kabaddi. In 2019, she also bagged a silver medal at the South Asian Games.
Recognizing her talent, Talat was among the 12 exceptional Pakistani athletes who received the prestigious IOC scholarship in 2022 to aid their preparation for the Paris Olympics.
It’s not just Talat making waves for Pakistan in the sports world. Javelin star Arshad Nadeem, who secured silver at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest last August, has also qualified for this year’s Olympics. Nadeem, at 27 years old, aspires to stand on the podium alongside India’s Neeraj Chopra, with whom he shares a friendly rivalry.
Nadeem, a national icon after his gold-winning performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a remarkable 90.18-meter throw, is determined to continue his success at the upcoming Olympics. Pakistanis are eagerly anticipating more victories and memorable moments from their talented athletes on the global stage!