KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: Kuwaiti men’s team won gold medal in the trap shooting category on the third day of the ongoing His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sixth Shooting Grand Prix, which kicked off last Saturday at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad International Shooting Complex.
The Kuwaiti team consists of Abdulrahman Nasser Al-Othman, Talal Abdullah Al-Rashidi and Khaled Al-Mudaf. They won the gold after defeating the Lebanese team consisting of Al-Aan Musa, Hashim Jabber and Jad Hamada, which came in second place to win the silver medal while the bronze medal went to the Emirati team, consisting of Hamad Al-Kindi, Waleed Al-Aryan and Ahmad Al-Hamadi.
The winners were honored by Head of Kuwait and Arab shooting associations, and Head of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the championship Duaij Al-Otaibi.
The latter took the opportunity of the occasion to congratulate His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber A-Sabah on the 11th anniversary of his accession to power, wishing him more prosperity, success and good health in his life.
In other events, women’s 10-meter air rifle shooting competition for individuals was won by Egypt’s Shaima Hashaad, who scored 20,609 points to win the gold medal. She was followed by Bahraini Nouf Al-Dousari in second place with a score of 20,409 points to win silver medal, and Kuwait’s Maryam Arzouqi in third place with a score of 18,404 points.
In a press statement, the Egyptian gold medalist Shaima Hashaad described the competition as “strong and tough”, revealing that all of the contenders possess almost equal level of skills, which made the competition more difficult.
She affirmed that she has benefitted from the experience and will aim to participate in every shooting tournament organized in the future.
In the women’s 10-meter air rifle shooting competition for teams, the Bahraini team managed to win the gold medal while the Qatari team came second to win the silver.
Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sixth Shooting Grand Prix will continue today with the scheduled competitions, which include women’s 10-meter pistol shooting competition, men’s skeet (50 targets) competition and men’s 50-meter prone position competition, in addition to official training session for double trap competitions.
At the end of the third day of the competitions, Kuwait’s shooting team continues to top the medals chart with 12 medals (5 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze).
In second place is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with four medals (2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze). In third place is Qatar with six medals (1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze), followed by Bahrain in fourth place with three medals, (2 gold and 1 silver), Morocco and Egypt in fifth with one gold medal each, Lebanon in sixth with two silver medals, Oman in seventh with one silver and four bronze medals, Iraq in eighth with one silver medal and the United Arab Emirates in ninth position with one bronze medal.
The Chairman of shooting associations of Egypt and Africa Hazem Hosni praised the way the His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sixth Shooting Grand Prix was organized, describing it as “wonderful in almost every aspect and detail”.
Hosni urged all senior and veteran sharpshooters in the region to participate in the coming grand prix competitions in order to ensure higher number of participants, which will encourage the growth of the sport and also boost the experience acquired during the championship in a manner that will qualify as many regional shooters as possible to participate in international and Olympics levels.