UncategorisedBahrain athletes win two medals at Asian Games

September 11, 20191

?Bahrain yesterday (Saturday, September 27) started their campaign in the athletics events winning two medals at the 17th Asian Games being held in Incheon, in South Korea.
Alemu Bekele and compatriot Albert Rop gave Bahrain its maiden medals at the Games by finishing second and third, respectively, in the men’s 5,000m final at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.
Bekele completed the challenge in 13 minutes and 27:98 seconds, while Rop timed 13:28:08 to round off the podium. Mohamad Al Garni of Qatar bagged the competition’s gold medal in 13:26:13.
But Bahrain’s celebrations were marred late on when Ruth Jebet won the women’s 3,000m hurdles gold medal yesterday, but was disqualified for stepping inside the track on her second last lap after stumbling while well clear of the rest of the field and under no pressure
Ruth completed the race in nine minutes and 31 minutes and 36 seconds to secure the maiden medal for the Kingdom at the Games. Behind here were Zhenzhu Li of China (9:35:23) in second place, while India’s Lalita Babar (9:35:37) was third.
The athletics events got underway yesterday when Bahrain competed in seven different contests, and were hoping to start their medal haul at the Games. Bahrain sent 28 of its best athletes to the far East in their quest for various medal victories.
Abbas Abubaker topped the men’s 400m heat race in 45.61 seconds, finishing ahead of South Korea’s Bonggo Park and Chenbin Zhu of China, who were second and third, respectively. 
In the women’s shot put final, Noora Jassim could finish eighth and managed to score a personal best of 15.16 metres. 
Eunice Chumba was sixth in the women’s 10,000m final, in which she hit a personal best of 32:27:69. Her compatriot Taj Baba was unable to complete the same race due to a technical issue. Hajer Al Khaldi had a personal best 12.09 seconds as she came in sixth place in the women’s 100m heat.
Bahrain’s medals on the opening day of athletics were lauded by delegation head and president of the West Asian Athletics Federation and Bahrain Athletics Association Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who arrived in Incheon recently. 
During his presence at the stadium, Shaikh Khalid met president of the British Olympic Committee and vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations Lord Sebastian Coe and UAE Athletics Federation president Ahmed Al Kammali.
Bahrain were also seen in action in a sailing event. On the first day of the Match Racing sailing championship, Ebrahim Abdulla and his crew had four races at Wangsan Sailing Marina Area E.
The Bahrain team, also featuring Daij Al Dossary, Abdulla Al Naar and Abdulrahim Abdulla, started their campaign with consecutive defeats to Japan and Hong Kong, but then came back to the competition and won their next two races against Malaysia and China.
 Meanwhile, Bahrain Olympic Committee member and Bahrain Athletics Association board member Ruqaya Al Ghasra attended yesterday the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) meeting held on the sidelines of the Games.
The meeting, chaired by AAA president Dahlan Al Hamad, discussed several subjects on its agenda, such as the approval of the 2015 events which includes the 21st Asian Championship in China in July, the Marathon Asia, the Grand Prix and the First Asian Junior Championship in Doha.
Elsewhere, Bahrain’s handball team were treated to a special luncheon after reaching the semi-finals of the handball championship. It was attended by Bahrain Olympic Committee general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, committee board members Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Dr Khalid Al Alawi, Ali Isa Ishaqi, and team officials. 

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