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Pakistan Squash legend Hashim Khan dies of congestive heart failure in US

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One of Pakistan's and the world's greatest squash players, Hashim Khan, has died of congestive heart failure.

Khan was believed to be 100-year-old and died at his home with family by his side.

During his playing days, Khan won seven British Open titles, the Dawn reports.

At 37, Khan went to the British Open, the unofficial world championship. He thrashed the then best player in the world, four-time defending champion Mahmoud El Karim of Egypt, 9-5, 9-0, 9-0, for his first title. His last was at 44.

His brother, Azam, won four British Open titles, while his cousin, Roshan Khan, and nephew, Mohibullah Khan, captured one each. Roshan Khan's son, Jahangir Khan, won 10 straight titles through the 1980s. In all, the Khan Dynasty accounted for 23 British Open titles.

Khan 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 later accepted a professional position at the Denver Athletic Club in the early '70s, with membership instantly soaring.

Khan was always known for his sportsmanship - always allowing an opponent to leave the court first. He was all about respect.

Khan lost his daughter in 2007 and then his wife of 65 years, both to diabetes.

First Published: Tue, August 19 2014. 12:47 IST