He was believed to be 100-year-old. His youngest son, Mo, said in a phone interview that Khan died in his home with family by his side.
In 1951, at 37 years old, Hashim first went to the British Open (the biggest prize in squash). In the final he thrashed the previous 4-time defending champion (Mahmoud El Karim of Egypt) by 9-5, 9-0, 9-0, for his first title. His 7th was at age 44!
Hashim was the first Pakistani to win the top prize and he made sure this continued as he taught his brother, Azam, to play and he won 4 titles.
Then his cousin, Roshan Khan and nephew, Mohibullah Khan, each captured one.
Add his cousin’s son, Jahangir Khan, who won 10 straight titles through the 1980s, and the “Khan Dynasty” accounted for 23 British Open titles (Jansher Khan was not related, he just share the same name).
Khan had brought his family to the US in the early 1960s after being offered a lucrative deal to teach squash at the Uptown Athletic Club in Detroit.He had later taken a pro position at the Denver Athletic Club in the early ‘70s, with membership instantly soaring.
Mo Khan said of his father’s death: “The world just lost the greatest player of all time “.
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Nick Matthew (England) and Nicol David (Malaysia) made history by becoming the first champions to retain their gold medals in the singles events – then India also claimed a place in squash history by securing the country’s first ever Games medal when Joshana Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal won the Women’s Doubles gold against the odds.
Veteran David Palmer rounded off the entire Games programme by clinching double gold for Australia after winning the Men’s & Mixed Doubles titles (with Cameron Pilley and Rachael Grinham, respectively).
Another great Racketball Around Scotland Tournament this weekend and here are the results of the Premier League
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