UncategorisedBahrain capture handball bronze medal

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain yesterday (AUGUST 23) captured the handball championship bronze medal to cap off the Second Asian Youth Games held in Nanjing, in China.
The under-17 handball team clinched the competition’s bronze medal, their only medal at the Games, thanks to a 22-21 victory over Saudi Arabia on the concluding day of this eight-day continental gathering.
A well-organised teamwork, led by head coach Adel Al Sabba, led Bahrain to achieve podium finish for their maiden medal at the Games.
Held at the Nanjing University of Technology Gymnasium, the game was a well-contested affair between two GCC nations who were seeking the third and last place on the podium, while Qatar and Korea battled for the competition’s gold medal.
Unlike most expectations, the Qataris did secure the gold medal with a resounding 28-21 victory after a remarkable performance in the second-half where they scored 18 goals against Korea’s seven to overcome a 10-14 half-time deficit.
In the well-battled Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia consolation, the former started well with solid defence while keeping the ball in possession for most of the proceedings.
Bahrain, whose gold medal hopes were vanished following a heart-breaking 32-36 defeat to Korea in the semi-finals on Wednesday, dominated the closing stages of the first-half where they managed to take a two-goal lead of 12-10.
Key contributions from Hasan Madan, Fadhel Al Haddad, Hasan Al Adhab, Khalil Mubarak, Khalid Al Balooshi and Husain Maki helped Bahrain stay ahead of their opponents early in the second-half.
Bahrain’s goalkeepers Qasim Al Shuwaikh and Mohamed Farsan were also in superb form yesterday, denying the Saudis on several occasions and keeping their side well ahead.
Al Sabba also gave the opportunity to other rising talents from the bench, including Mahmood Al Salatena, Qasim Hasan, Ali Shaalan, Abdulrahman Al Douky, Zaher Omar and Nadeem Al Qattan.
Saudi Arabia, who lost their semi-final match to Qatar 25-30, showed composure while relying on their best player Sadiq Al Mohsin, who made the most of scoring for his team.
The team in green jerseys were also spearheaded by Mustafa Al Olaiwat, Mohammed Al Basha, Ali Al Hajjaj, Ali Al Ibrahim, Jehad Al Saihat and Mohammed Al Ibrahim and goalkeeper Ali Al Shayeb.
After the match, Bahrain players received their medals by Bahrain Handball Association president and delegation head Ali Isa, who congratulated the team on this achievement.
The Bahrainis, who return home today, also competed in three more sports at the Games. They were table tennis, fencing and athletics.
Mohammed Saad marked Bahrain’s best results, having reached the men’s 100m and 200m semi-finals held at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.
Other Bahrainis in the fray were Rashid Khamis, Khalifa Matar, Mohammed Al Ghool, Zaynab Abdulhussain and Sara Al Ghais.
In fencing, three players represented the kingdom – Hamad Al Atawi, Fadwah Al Motawa and Rawan Ebrahim, who all crashed out in the foil and sabre events.
In table tennis, Bahrain had big hopes on their rising junior Alyas Alyassi, whose best result was qualifying for the last-16 round.

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