Wednesday , February 20 2019

Kuwait bag four medals in 7th Shooting Grand Prix

Al-Mudhif, Al-Hawwal, Arzouqi win gold, Sarah Al-Hawwal claims silver

The Kuwaiti women’s shooting team pose for a group photo with officials.

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 15: Kuwait Shooting Team bagged four medals on the second day of the Seventh HH the Amir of Kuwait Shooting Grand Prix at Mayadeen Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex. Khaled Al-Mudhif, Shahad Al- Hawwal and Maryam Arzouqi won gold medals, while Sarah Al-Hawwal won a silver medal.

Kuwait recorded an impressive victory in the Trap for individuals in which Al-Mudhif won 47 discs, followed in second place by Italy’s Mota Loka with 46 discs and in third position came Emmanuel Dickol with 35 discs. In the women’s Trap, Shahad Al- Hawwal came first with 48 discs, followed in second place by her sibling Sarah Al-Hawwal with 46 discs, and in third place was Isabella Christina with 39 discs. Arzouqi won the third gold medal for Kuwait with 247.8 points in the 10-meter rifle category; while the silver medal went to Egyptian Shaima Hashad who got 242.5 points, and the bronze went to Sarah Al-Dosari with 222.8 points.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Kuwaiti and Arab Shooting Federations Obeid Al-Oseimi praised the champions of Kuwait for their huge win in the competition which witnesses the participation of skillful shooters from 39 Arab and foreign countries. He pointed out this victory serves as a strong motivation for the Kuwaiti shooters to win more medals in the remaining events.

Kuwaiti gold medalist Shahad Al- Hawwal disclosed her victory came out of a strong competition involving the Italian shooter — the reigning world shooting champion held last year in Russia. She added her happiness reached the peak when her sister Sarah won the silver medal. Another Kuwaiti gold medalist Maryam Arzouqi described the general level of the competition as excellent due to the participation of experienced shooters, indicating this gives more thrill throughout the championship.

Arzouqi said she fully benefited from the training camp organized for Kuwaiti shooters before the tournament. She affirmed the performance level of female Arab shooters improved significantly, especially in the rifle category as manifested in winning the first three positions. On the other hand, the Asian Shooting Federation held a meeting at the Regency Hotel chaired by President Prince Ali bin Abdullah Hamad Al-Khalifa with Chairperson of Kuwaiti and Arab Shooting Federations Engr Dueij Khalaf Al-Otaibi and members in attendance. They discussed various issues pertaining to the sports, and its future in Asian and global arenas. After the meeting, some of the attendees were honored and they received appreciation certificates.

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