UncategorisedBahrain bags handball silver

September 11, 20194

?Bahrain settled for the handball championship silver medal at the 18th Asian Games, being held in Jakarta and Palembang.
The nationals put in a heroic performance in their title match against favourites Qatar, which they lost 27-32 after a breath-taking extra-time as both sides were tied 25-25 at the end of regular time.
Going up 14-13 at half-time, the Bahrainis ruled most of the game and were leading by three goals on several occasions, only to be denied a deserved win in the last gasp of the second-half when they conceded an equalizer which sent the match into an extra-time.
In the extra-time period, the Bahrainis made several defensive lapses as the Qataris took full advantage to sweep to a five-goal different at the end of the game, much to the dejected Bahrain players, officials and national spectators in the stands.
It was the sixth gold medal for the Valero Rivera-coached Qataris, who successfully retained the handball title won the 2014 edition in Incheon.
Anis Zouaoui top-scored for Qatar with seven goals and was well supported by Francis Marzo (six), Roine Bertrand (five) Ali Yousef, Rafael Capote and Allaedine Berrached who all pitched in with four goals apiece.
Bahrain, the bronze medalists from 2014 games, claimed their seventh silver, as the nationals lifted their medal tally to 26 medals in total (12 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze). They are presently in 11th place, and look forward to extend their medal haul in the triathlon and sambo events taking place over the next few days.
Their top scorer in the game was Hussain Al Sayyad with five goals. He was assisted by Bilal Askani and Ali Mirza (4 each), Hasan Al Fardan, Hasan Al Samahiji, Mahmood Salman (3 each) and Ali Salman (2).
South Korea defeated Japan 24-23 to win bronze. Qatar had beaten Korea 27-20 in the semifinal while Bahrain beat Japan 31-20.
After the final, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports assistant secretary general and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) secretary general Abdulrahman Askar and Bahrain Handball Association president Ali Isa met members of the Bahrain team and commended their performance despite the defeat.
Meanwhile, Samira Al Bitar finished 13th in the women’s triathlon yesterday. Samira completed the vent in total time of 2 hours and 21.48 minutes, 22.19 minutes behind gold medalist of Japan. The men’s triathlon will take place today, when Omar Abdulla looks to claim podium.


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