Al-Youha’s Triumph: Gold Medal Glory at the Asian Games

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Gold medalist Kuwait’s Yaqoub Alyouha celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. (AP )

HANGZHOU, China, Oct 2: Yaqoub Al-Youha clinched the gold medal in the 110m hurdles at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, which is scheduled to run until October 8. His impressive victory secured Kuwait’s second gold medal in the competition. Al-Youha completed the men’s 110m hurdles event in just 13.41 seconds, demonstrating his exceptional athleticism.

Al-Youha’s triumph followed his top finish in the qualifying race, ultimately leading to a gold medal win in the final. He faced stiff competition from Japan’s Takayama, but his determination and skill prevailed. With this achievement, Kuwait has garnered a total of six diverse medals with five days remaining in the tournament.

Sheikh Fahad Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, the President of the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee, commended Al-Youha’s remarkable performance in securing the gold medal in the 110m hurdles race at the Asian Games. This victory added to Kuwait’s medal tally, which also includes two silver medals in shooting events. Sheikh Al-Nasser attributed these successes to the inspirational words and support of His Highness the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad, as well as the efforts of the athletes.

Badr Abbas, the National Athletics Coach, dedicated this historic achievement to Kuwait’s wise leadership and its people. He expressed immense joy in seeing Yaqoub Al-Youha crowned with the gold medal, emphasizing the fruitful collaboration between coach and athlete, dating back to Yaqoub’s junior years. Abbas highlighted that Al-Youha became the first Kuwaiti athlete to secure a gold medal in the 110m hurdles race at the Asian Games, underlining the intense competition with the Japanese player that had everyone anxiously awaiting the final result.

In other events, Issa Al-Zankawi finished fifth in the discus throw competition, recording a distance of 60.13 meters. Meanwhile, Abdullah Al-Muzain from the Kuwaiti squash team advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating a Pakistani opponent with a score of 3-2. Unfortunately, Ammar Al-Tamimi was less fortunate and faced a 0-3 loss to an Indian national team player.

Badr Al-Shalahi, Ahmed Al-Shatti, and Hanan Al-Mayas concluded their participation in the individual compound arch competition at the round of 16. Additionally, Ali Al-Zaid, Abdullah Taha, Reem Al-Naqeeb, and Souad Al-Bahr concluded their participation in the individual Olympic arch competition at the 32nd round.

In handball, the first national team is set to compete against Qatar in the semi-final match of the Asian Games, aiming to secure a place in the final and earn another medal for Kuwait in the Masters category. Fans are eagerly anticipating Ibrahim Al-Dhafiri’s performance in the 800m race, scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Kuwait time. Squash champion Abdullah Al-Muzain faces a challenging match against Malaysian national team player Mega New at 11 a.m., while cyclist Latifa Al-Yassin competes at 4 a.m. The national athletics team player, Amal Al-Roumi, participates in the 800-meter race qualifiers, and Nasser Bourjib is part of the climbing qualifiers.

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