Kuwaitis shine at third Gulf Games

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Shooting team win two gold, silver and bronze

KUWAIT CITY, May 18: Kuwaiti shooting team won four medals — two gold, one silver, and one bronze — during the 3rd Gulf Games 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.

Kuwaiti shooters display their medals on the podium after the awarding ceremony

The UAE and Saudi Arabia came in second and third respectively. In singles’ trap shooting, Kuwait’s Al-Meqled struck gold with silver and bronze going to his compatriots Al-Rashidi and Al-Faihan. In the10m 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 Al- Bloushi. The silver and bronze medals went to Bahrainis Abdulmajed Abdulkhaleq and Abdullah Rahma respectively. The Gulf Games will continue until May 31st.

Dana El-Zaki celebrates after winning bronze in the 3000m steeplechase

In athletics, the Kuwaiti women’s team won two gold and silver medals. Mudhawi Al-Shimmiri and Nadiya Al-Haqqan won the gold medals in the 200 meters and high jump competitions, securing more medals for the State of 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 cleared 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. Discus thrower Issa Al-Zankawi clinched gold medal for Kuwait .

The Kuwaiti champion after throwing the disc at a distance of 60.20 meters, ahead of Qatar’s Moath Mohammad, who came second with a distance of (58.87 meters), while the Oman’s Osama Al-Aqili won the bronze medal with a distance of (51.97 meters).

Information and Culture Minister Dr. Hamad Rouheddine said that big participation in the third GCC games currently hosted in Kuwait is the most important achievement. Speaking to KUNA in a statement after honoring Al-Zankawi, Rouheddine added the contribution of the best Gulf players in the tournament has made the games competitive. He pointed to keenness of the government to back Gulf and Kuwaiti athletes that was shown in this sports gathering, extolling the games’ organizing committee. Rouheddine hoped for hosting further key championships and competitions in the country to improve local sports movement.(KUNA)

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