Dr. Salman Khan, Hamid Butt, and Aisha Qamar are the first Pakistan-born US citizens to finish all six major marathons in the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a long-distance running competition that began in 2006.
Those who complete the marathons in Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York, and Tokyo are awarded the six-star marathon championship medal.
Salman made the commitment to win the six-star medal while running in the Boston Marathon for the first time.
When speaking in an interview, the Pakistani-born medallist said “the medal means a lot for him and for his country, further stressing that he would also like to participate in the Paris Olympian marathon competition in 2024 if feasible”.
The winner added that he would like to participate in the Boston Marathon each year because it gives him the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. The five races all have something to offer, he continued.
The marathon runner also gave advice to people planning to do the race, telling them to have fun. In order to receive the award in their name, he stressed, people must continue to be consistent and dedicated.
The Pakistani-born runner expressed his desire to motivate his people in a message to his fellow Pakistanis. “Nothing is impossible,” he continued to say.
11 Pakistani or Pakistani-born American and British citizens, including five women, collectively competed in the marathon competition on March 5. Other Pakistanis who competed in the Tokyo Olympics included Fahad Mukhtar, Prem Kumar, Huma Rehman, Fawad Kareem, Ayesha Akhtar, Hasan Tajdar, and Sarah Lodhi.