UncategorisedBahrain bow to Korea in handball semi-finals

September 11, 20192

?Bahrain’s dream of a podium finish in the handball competition at the Second Asian Youth Games, being held in Nanjing, in China, were vanished yesterday (AUGUST 21).
A heartbreaking 32-36  defeat tournament’s No. 1 Korea in the semi-final match put an end to Bahrain’s under-17 handball team medal hopes. The Bahrainis were also trailing 11-19 at the break in a one-sided game at the Nanjing University of Technology Gymnasium.
But later in the game, Korea gradually took control of the proceedings and in the final stages they showed strength in defence while capitalizing on their attacks to secure a deserving victory.
In the other semi-final match, Qatar proved too strong for Saudi Arabia 30-25 (16-10), setting up their final clash with Korea tomorrow. Bahrain meet Saudi Arabia in the third-place match earlier in the day.
Bahrain’s coach Adel Al Sabba headed into this game hoping to overcome this major challenge and take a significant step to win the competition’s gold medal. Al Sabba was relying on several rising handball players for today’s game likeFadhel Al Haddad, who emerged his team top scorer with 10 goals.
Al Sabba was also banking on Hassan Madan, who managed eight goals, in addition to Hasan Al Adhab, Khalil Mubarak Khalid Al Balooshi, Husain Maki, Mahmood Al Salatena, Qasim Hasan, Ali Shaalan, Zaher Omar, Nadeem Al Qattan, Abdulrahmabn Al Douky and goalkeepers Qasim Al Shuwaikh and Mohamed Farsan.
In athletics, meanwhile, Mohammed Saad was the only Bahraini making progress after qualifying for the men’s 200m semi-finals at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.
Saad, who made it to the men’s 100m semi-finals earlier in the week, was again in superb form yesterday by finishing an impressive second in 22.81 seconds, which was also a personal best.
In the same men’s 200m event, Mohammed Al Ghool could do little as he faced tougher competition from some of Asia’s best rising athletes. He completed the in the fourth heat in 23.94 seconds.
The remaining Bahrainis were unable to advance in their respective competitions, but had improved on their personal best in three different contests.
Zaynab Abdulhussain and Sara Al Ghais, who made early exists in the women’s 100m run, were unable to qualify from their respective 200m heats, but left the track with pride as they set new personal records.
Zaynab completed the fourth heat in sixth position with a personal best of 26.93 seconds, while Sara clocked 29.52 seconds to finish sixth in the second heat.
Bahrain were also in action on the concluding day of fencing, as three players – Hamad Al Atawi, Fadwah Al Motawa and Rawan Ebrahim all crashed out in the two different events.
In the men’s foil event, Hamad lost his round of 32 to Singapore’s Christian Lim 5-16. Both Rawan and Fadwah were in the women’s sabre singles event, where they also suffered defeats to make early exist.


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