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Third Gulf Games: Kuwait’s shooters grab four medals

By Abdellatif Sharaa, Agencies

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti shooting team won four medals – two gold, one silver, and one bronze – during the the 3rd Gulf Games. The event at the Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex saw Talal Al-Rashidi, Nasser Al-Meqled and Abdulrahman Al-Faihan securing the gold medal of the teams’ trap shooting. The UAE and Saudi Arabia came in second and third respectively.

In singles’ Trap Shooting, Kuwait’s Al-Meqled struck gold against, winning the event with silver and bronze going to his compatriots Al-Rashidi and Al-Faihan. As for the 10m singles rifle shooting event, Oman’s Salem Al-Nab’ee won gold, while the UAE’s Ibrahim Khalil won silver and Omani Essam Al-Bloushi won bronze. Oman won another gold medal in the 25m rapid-fire pistol competition via shooter Mu’ath AlBloushi. The silver and bronze medals went to Bahrainis Abdulmajed Abdulkhaleq and Abdullah Rahma respectively. The Gulf Games will continue until May 31st.

Also, the Kuwaiti women’s athletics team won two gold and silver medals. Mudhawi Al-Shimmiri and Nadiya Al-Haqqan won the gold medals in the 200 meters race and high jump competitions, securing more medals for Kuwait. Al-Shimmiri came first in the 200 meters race with a time of 32.74 seconds. The silver and bronze medals went to athletes from Bahrain. In the high jump, Al-Haqqan clear 1.53 meters with Kuwaiti compatriot, Dalal Al-Faraj snatching the silver medal. The bronze medal was shared between athletes from Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Gulf Games will continue until May 31st.

Meanwhile, Bahrain remained on top of the medal list of the Third Gulf Games after winning 23 medals 11 (gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze) at the end of the second day. Kuwait moved to second place with 24 medals (6 are gold, 9 silver and 9 bronze). Qatar grabbed the third place with 15 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze). Saudi Arabia took the fourth position with 19 medals (5 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze). Oman (fifth), with 12 medals: 4 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze while UAE secured 10 medals: 3 gold, 3silver and 4 bronze.

Kuwait’s shooter Abdallah Al-Harby won the bronze medal following a strong competition with Oman’s Issam Alballushi who won gold while the silver went to Saudi Arabia’s Abdelaziz Alenezi. In the 10 meter air pistol event, Atallah Alenezi (from Saudi Arabia) won gold while UAE’s Ahmad Alameeri won silver as the bronze medal went to Oman’s Sulaiman Al-Rahbi.


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