Jahangir Khan – A Squash Legend

Posted on 07. Feb, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Jahangir Khan holds the Guinness book of world record for his 555-match unbeaten run over five and a half years

Jahangir Khan was born in Karachi, on December 10, 1963. He was born into a squash family. His father, Roshan Khan, was a former British Open Champion and his older brother, Torsam, also an accomplished player on the international circuit. Jahangir Khan dominated international squash for the better part of a decade – during the 1980’s and 90’s.

Jahangir burst onto the international scene as a 15-year-old in 1979 when he became the youngest-ever winner of the World Amateur Individual Championship. But his brother, Torsam Khan, died of a heart attack that same year while playing in the Australian Open; with the loss of his mentor and hero, Khan nearly gave up the game. However, In November 1981, he became the youngest World Open champion of all-time at 17, beating Australian favorite Geoff Hunt in the final and honored Torsam’s memory.

Jahangir Khan might just be the most successful sporting figure in history. He went on to establish a remarkable 555-match unbeaten run over five and a half years (from April 81 until Nov 86), winning six World Open and a record 10 British Open titles in a row from 1982-1991, 13 Pakistan Opens and he rounded all this off by leading Pakistan to a historic team triumph in the World Team Championship in 1993. For such achievements Jahangir was awarded with the titles of “The King of Squash” and “Greatest Squash Champion” by the experts of game.

Jahangir Khan was also voted the greatest ever male player by a poll on the World Squash Federation website in January 2002, along with life time achievement award he was also awarded hall of fame by World Squash Federation in 1993, he has become a household name throughout the Squash playing world, not only for his remarkable playing achievements, but also for his conduct as World Champion, always humble in victory and defeat.

He retired from squash in 1993. The government of Pakistan honored Jahangir Khan in 1984, putting his image on a postage stamp and presenting him with the President’s Award and the highest civil award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz. He was also awarded Sportsman of the Millennium award in Pakistan. Jahangir Khan was among the top 60 Asian heroes list from last 60 years by famous Time magazine, including heroes from all walks of life. He was honored sports and youth award by French government in 1990. In 1990 he was also elected Chairman of the Professional Squash Association (PSA). In 1998 he was elected Vice President of the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF). In November 1998 he was elected Vice President of the World Squash Federation (WSF). He was elected President of World Squash Federation (WSF) in October 2002.

Jahangir, whose name means “conqueror of the world” in Urdu language. His achievements in life reflect the meaning of his name. Jahangir Khan is also in the Guinness book of world record for his unbeatable achievements. With this fine pedigree he became arguably the best sportsman Pakistan has ever produced.

 

 

 

 

 

References:

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About Nauman

I was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to the USA in 2004. I love writing about the Urdu language highlighting the peculiarities about the Pakistani culture and traditions.

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