Pak athlete to run for dead friend
Pakistan runner Rabia Ishaq will be motivated by the memory of a dead friend and colleague when she appears as one of her nation’s two female athletes at the London Olympics.
The 20-year-old, who competes in the 800 metre heats on Aug 8, fondly remembers Mubeen Akhtar -- one of the country’s top sprinters who died in June.
“I am not a medal contender I know that but I want to dedicate my Olympic appearance to Mubeen who was a close friend and who always wished to compete in the Games,” Rabia told reporters.
“She was overjoyed when I got a wildcard entry for the Olympics. Mubeen is the motivation for me to try to do well in my event. I want to make her, my coach Bushra Parveen and my country proud of me.”