ISLAMABAD - Defending female champions Wapda girls retained their title as they won whopping 17 gold, 10 silver and 4 bronze medals with total of 395 points, while Army girls remained second with 3 gold, 1 silver and 7 bronze with total 126 points and HEC bagged third position with 7 silver and 9 bronze with total 155 points on the concluding day of the 46th National Athletics Championship male and female here at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

Army retained male category title. It was a day to remember for 9-year-old Saniha Shahzad, who created history in Pakistan athletics by winning silver medal in 5000m race, while two new national records were also created in women paul vault, as Sidra of Army set new national record and Liaqat Ali broke record in 200m race. Liaqat was awarded cash prize of Rs 20,000 and Sidra was handed over Rs 10,000 cash by Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) president Major General (R) M Akram Sahi.

On final day of events in men's marathon, Army's M Israr won gold with 2.20.41 seconds, followed by Siyar Khan also from Army and Haroon Gil from Navy, while majority of female events were conducted on the concluding day.

In 100m women, Najma Parveen of Wapda won gold medal with 12.38 seconds, Sahib-e-Asra Wapda remained second and Samara Shabbir Army third. In 200m, Najma won gold with 25.20 seconds, followed by Sahib-e-Asra also from Wapda and Samara Shabbir of Army won bronze. In 400m, Aniqa Hashmi of Wapda won gold in 59.25 seconds, Musarat Shaheen of HEC silver and Bisma Afzal also HEC bronze. In 800m, Rabia Ashiq of Wapda won gold, Samabia Noreen also Wapda silver and Bisma Afzal HEC bronze. In 1500m, Rabia Ashiq of Wapda earned gold, Samabia silver and Farhat Batool of HEC bronze. In 5000m, Farhat Banoo of Wapda bagged gold, Saniha of Punjab silver and Farhat bronze. In 10,000m, Farhat Banoo of Wapda secured gold, Nasreen Kausar also from Wapda silver and Farhat bronze. In 100m hurdles, Sumira Tayyaba of Wapda won gold, Attiya Sultan of HEC silver and Nadia Khan of Sindh bronze while in 400m hurdles, Najma grabbed gold, Javeria also from Wapda silver and Attiya Sultan of HEC bronze.

In long jump, Mariam Babar of Wapda lifted gold, Nighat Kausar of HEC silver and Amina Siraj also from HEC bronze. In triple jump, Mariam Babar of Wapda earned gold, Nadia Zulfiqar of Wapda silver and Nighat Kausar of HEC bronze, In high jump, Ume Habiba of Army won gold, Nasreen Akhtar Wapda silver and Rozina Shafqat Wapda bronze. In Paul vault, Sidra Bashir Army won gold, Nasreen Akhtar of Wapda silver and Mahnaz Army bronze. In shot put, Zeenat Parveen of Wapda won gold, Nazia Kausar of Wapda silver and Kandeel Anayat of HEC bronze. In discuss throw, Attiya Asghar of Army gold, Abida of Railways silver and Zeenat of Wapda bronze.

In hammer throw, Razia Wapda gold, Saira Army silver and Nazia Wapda bronze, in Javelin throw, Saira Wapda gold, Gulnaz HEC silver and Tahira Wapda bronze, in 4x100m relay, Wapda won gold, HEC silver and Army bronze, in4x400m relay, Wapda gold, HEC silver and Army bronze, in Heptathlon, Rozina Wapda won gold, Amina HEC silver and Ume Habiba Army bronze.

Fajr International Indoor Athletics silver medalist Sajjad was awarded Rs 10,000 cash, while bronze medalist Sumira Tayyaba was awarded Rs 8000 cash by the AFP president.

All the affiliated units of the AFP including Army, Wapda, PAF, HEC, Navy, Railways, Islamabad, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, AJK, FATA and KP participated in this three-day extravaganza in which more than 500 athletes participated.

Army managed to retain men's title with 13 gold, 14 silver and 5 bronze medals with total of 389 points, followed by Wapda in the second spot with 8 gold, 4 silver and 10 bronze medals with total of 257 points, followed by PAF with 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals with total of 84 points. Overall, Army won 16 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals with total of 515 points, Wapda won 25 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals with total of 652 points and HEC grabbed third position with 8 silver and 11 bronze medals with total of 216 points.

On the concluding day, AFP president Maj Gen (R) M Akram Sahi was the chief guest, while Senator Salim Zia, Senator Nuzhat Saddiq, Army Sports Directorate Director General Brig Ghulam Jillani, DDG Shahid Islam, assistant director hostels Malik Imtiaz Hussain along with others were also present on the occasion. At the end, the chief guest awarded trophies to the winning teams and distributed medals and cash prizes among the top performers.