John Permal, the once fastest man from Karachi is no longer among us. Gone merely at the Age of 72 as a result of suffering from pancreatic cancer. He made his way up from the alleys of Saddar, Karachi.
From 1964 to 1974 John Permal remained the undisputed fastest man in Pakistan. Later, he became the fastest sprinter of Pakistan after he secured the second place at the National games at Lahore. His best time came in 1969 at a Bonn athletics meet where he clocked 10.4 seconds for the 100 meters event.
The Greatest victory of John Permal`s athletic career was the gold medal that he won for Sindh in the 400m relay at the National Place which took place at Dacca, Bangladesh in 1968. During this period, the international press deemed him the most feared sprinters from this part of the world.
In an interview with Dawn Newspaper, John Permal gave credit to his success to his coach Jacob Haris. It was highly regretted that neither the state institutions nor the government gave the legend his deserved recognition.
John Permal, Pakistan’s fastest man between 1964 and 1974, passed away at the age of 72 in Karachi on Wednesday, his son confirmed. <RIP>⛪💐 pic.twitter.com/z9JDeS4HXP
— Oster Richard (@orichard20155) March 28, 2019
Pakistan’s fastest man, an Olympian & a Gold Medalist, John Permal passed away on March 27th, 2019.
Heartfelt condolences to his family.
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— Muhammad Ahsan (@khattaktalks) March 27, 2019
— Faisal Khan (@itzfaisalkhan) March 27, 2019