Multiple Olympic award-winning athlete Carl Lewis, on Monday lauded an aspiring Pakistani long jumper whose video went viral on social media after he jumped over 12 parked motorcycles.
Lewis — who has nine gold and one silver Olympic medals, as well as 10 World Championships medals, to his name — tweeted about the young man, praising him for “his lack of fear”.
Actually with his lack of fear, he has the perfect mindset. https://t.co/qYOTX40Cvn
— Carl Lewis (@Carl_Lewis) August 3, 2020
“Actually with his lack of fear, he has the perfect mindset,” the American track athlete wrote on Twitter.
The comments from the winner of almost a dozen World Championships medals came after former cricketer Wasim Akram’s wife, Shaniera, also appreciated the young man’s performance.
Amazing 😍 https://t.co/T7Ksxklsj0
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) August 2, 2020
“Amazing,” she wrote, adding a heart-eyed emoji in her tweet.
Social media users, who have been gushing over his jumping skills, believe he may be self-taught. One suggested he could be turned into an asset for Pakistan if he trained for the Olympic sports.
12 motorcycles and long jump..
He is enjoying and achieving. Thinking out of the box is required here..
If we arranged one week sports gala in every district, we will find lots of talented boys & girls for all the sports in early age..@SportsBoardPak @Rio2016 https://t.co/D4sGkPeTOS
— Mauhtashim Rasheed (@Mauhtashim1) August 3, 2020
Here’s another jump by talented Asif. His earlier video of jump over 11 motorcycles got everyone’s attention and encouraged AFP to call him. He’s, although, a raw talent but proper training can turn him into a future prospect for Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/EAr430hAo1
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) August 3, 2020
Another user urged authorities to hold sports galas to uncover hidden talent in remote, rural areas of the country.