Kuwait’s Ali Al-Kharafi finished all hurdles in Qatar’s horse jumping grand prix in 53.57 seconds but his four-point penalty deprived him from winning second and settled for third. Al-Kharafi trailed Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Al-Thani who clocked 55.77 seconds. An Australian came second with 63.09 seconds.
Al-Kharafi, speaking to KUNA after the event, said he was happy to come third considering the fierce competition among the top riders. He said he was preparing for Doha’s international championship, due next week. Yara Al-Hunaidi, a female from Kuwait, also came third after crossing all hurdles without any mistake and clocked 79.32 seconds.
The total prizes of the three-day tournament, part of qualification rounds for the upcoming world championship, is 240,000 euros. Kuwait is represented by Al-Kharafi, Al-Hunaidi, Rakan Al-Hasawi, Lujain Al-Essa and Fatema Al-Ghanim. (KUNA).