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Naseem Hameed: Fastest Woman In South Asia

February 11, 2010

KARACHI: It is an undeniable fact that, mostly, the real talent in sports comes from the poor strata of the society.

Pakistan’s sports history is laden with numerous examples where youngsters, who are brought up in an appalling economic environment with no proper nourishment, equipment, and facilities, are able to carve their niche in international circuit mainly due to their amazing willpower and determination.

Khan family in squash, majority of star cricketers, major chunk of hockey Olympians in the country, footballers, boxers and athletes, who earned international repute, mostly, came from the poor families.

It is not strange in the country like ours, where sports is considered a least important faculty, player with an astounding talent performs amazingly at the international level.

Another star in the name of Naseem Hameed pricked the conscience of the dead authorities on Monday, when she turned out to be a queen of the athletic track of the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka where she emerged as the fastest woman of South Asia by clocking 11.81 seconds in the 100m sprint of the South Asian Games.

This was the career-best feat of the Karachi-based athlete, who was also part of the bronze medallist 4x100m relay team of the country in the 10th South Asian Games held in Colombo in 2006.

She became the first Pakistani woman athlete to achieve a 100m gold, in the 26 year long history of the SAG and turned out to be the third lady after Rehana Kausar (high jump, gold, 1999 Kathmandu), and Shabana Akhtar (long jump, gold, 1995 Madras) to have won gold for the country.

The 23-year old athlete, Naseem, happens to be another force gushing forth from the downtrodden fabric of the society. Naseem, who represents Army at the domestic level, lives with her family in a 40-yard single room house located in the slums of the Korangi Industrial Area. Her father Hameed is a labourer who hardly earns Rs9000 per month.

Naseem, who is very proud for her stupendous show in front of a good crowd in Dhaka, the other day, has no space in her house to keep her medals, which she has won so far in her brief but sparkling career.

Her father Hameed told Geo TV on Tuesday that he is an illiterate man and does not know much but only prays for her daughter and helps her and his other children in their education. Her mother has great contribution in her achievement, he said.

“Naseem had great fondness for the game and adored it from infancy. Our relatives were against her stance to come to the field of sports but it was her willpower which helped her stick to the game and attain such a success,” Naseem mother said. “She is a son for me and I always pray for her,” her mother, who broke into tears, said.

Her sister, Annie, who is a football player, said, players have to do everything on their own to succeed, as the authorities do not properly support them.

After her brilliant performance, Naseem now feels that her feat will definitely add to her responsibility.

“Definitely, after such an achievement, the pressure builds and it will certainly add to my responsibility but I will try to face all the pressure and will struggle to make my career more healthy,” the proud athlete said.

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24 comments

  1. I have requested her presence at my royal court of Timur …Where she will be given a Grand Reception and recognition for this outstanding feat ! 😀 😀

    The Indians are invited to take a look and learn 😀 😀


  2. BOMBASTIC!


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  4. We are proud of you. You will be an inspiration for others for sure.


  5. Bhen ji congratulations!


  6. you made us proud here in UK. Kashif UK


  7. god bless you


  8. Very nicely welcome by Karachites


  9. I ‘m also belong to korangi,karachi.I m so proud on my sister.Inshallah u see i ‘ll do something better of this last fort of islam.
    !!!PakisTaN ZinDabaD!!!!
    !!!Geo Naseem Hameed!!!!


  10. NASEEM U ROCK GIRL,,SHOW EM WHATCH U GOT!!!!


  11. WOW . PAKISTAN GOT A GOLD MEDAL.

    india just got about 150 gold medals for the south asian games


    • @ask jeeves
      Pea brain read the topic of the article again!


      • i was replying to babur


  12. i am proud of you my sister i am realy happy i am also from korangi 48.B when i was in pakistan so i come to you to wish you.
    may God give a very happy, sucsecefull and long life.(Aameen)
    pakistan zindabad!


  13. Well done Naseem but be careful of the Bhatha party on one hand Altaf (the indian raw agent who does not live in pakistan) has announced to give you 1 lac rupees but on the other hand he will send his MQM Bhatha agents such as Babur Ghauri and Farooq Sattar (Farooq Sattar who is having Nihari party with the biggest liar Rehman Malik who claims blackwater is not in pakistan – what a liar) to you for getting bhatha from you in future. So you should be careful with these thugs.


    • are you Pakistani
      or…………?

      brother time will decide who is raw agent?
      pls think about pakistan?
      pls try to understand everyone has to die one day
      so always stand besides the truth
      first do some research then go to final the truth
      if ary you muslim?
      thanks
      pakistan zindabad


  14. @Naseem
    The fact that you live in Karachi/korangi,means that you are a daughter of an immigrant family.

    But please don’t let people restrict to that.You are a daughter of Pakistan and don’t let people steal away this pride.


    • 1.are you stupid?
      2.are you muslim?
      shame on you that you are calling him daughter of an immigrant family they the the founder of pakistan
      why you do not told him as a Pakistani
      for these types of thiking pakitan will destory?
      PAKISTAN ZIDABAD


  15. congratulations
    Pakistan Zidabad


  16. Mubarak ho Naseem for achieving this landmark title which shows if our people make a commitment to excel in any field, they can do similar wonders in other areas as well. Thank you sister for inspiring every Pakistani living in Pakistan and abroad. Pakistan Zindabad!!


  17. Geo Naseem Sis !!!
    We are very happy bcoz of u ,,,
    You made us proud,&
    We are proud of you.
    You will be an inspiration for everyone in PAKISTAN and which Pakistanis are living abroad,
    Yes!!! We can say & its sure we can do everything for Pakistan, we are always proud to be a Pakistani,
    May GOD bless u,,,
    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD


  18. She timed at 10.81. So the whole apisode would not be more than 12 seconds. Why our TV channels do not show this supposed to be must-see clip of 15 seconds?


  19. YES, I HAVE READ MANY MESSAGES FOR YOU , ALL ARE IN YOUR FAVOUR ONLY 01 STUPID DONT KNOW THAT HOW TO COMMENTS FOR A LEGEND AND NATION DAUGHTER, HOWEVER WE ARE PROUD OF YOU , AND WE WISH YOU FOR A GOOD LIFE , AND HOPE THAT ALL OUR COUNTRY SISTERS WILL FOLLOW YOU. NATIONA’S REALLY NEED A SUCH GIRL / SISTER.

    THANKS & B REGARDS.


  20. Well done Naseem! Keep it up…

    PS: Doesn’t she resemble the Akmal brothers (Kamran and Ukmal)? I wonder if there’s a family link somewhere…



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