UncategorisedBahrain claims four more medals at GCC Games

September 11, 2019397

?Bahrain yesterday (Wednesday) added two silver and two bronze medals to their tally at the Second GCC Games, being held in Dammam, in Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom’s athletes continued to impress as they took four more medals with four days remaining. Bahrain’s medals included a 50m backstroke bronze by Faraj Saleh, a 200m butterfly silver by Khalid Baba, while the quartet of Farhan Saleh, Faraj Saleh, Khalid Baba and Abdulaziz Darraj captured the team relay bronze.
The Bahrain team rounded off the medal-winning haul for Bahrain after coming joint third on the concluding day of the karate event.
The results lifted Bahrain’s medal tally to 28 medals in total, including two gold, 16 silver and eight bronze.
Faraj Saleh opened his country’s account of the day after winning his second medal at the games, this time in the 50m backstroke where he raced to finish third in 29.49 seconds.
The gold medal went to UAE’s Yaqoub Al Saadi (26.62), whilel compatriot Mohamed Al Qafri (27.37) was handed the silver.
Khalid Baba, who represented Bahrain at the 2012 London Olympics, was also in good condition to complete the 200m butterfly in second place in 2:17.72 seconds, with Abdulla Al Falasi (2:16.48) and Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Khalifa (2:21.48) taking the gold and silver medals, respectively.
In the team relay event, the Bahraini quartet put on a solid performance to ensure themselves a place on the podium and punching the competition’s bronze in 3:43.10. The UAE (3:35.19) crossed the finish line first, followed by runners-up Saudi Arabia (2:40.28).
Bahrain’s fourth medal of the day was won by the karate team who emerged overall joint third with two silver and two bronze medals. The team includes Omar Sobhi (under-60kg), Sami Eid (under-67) and Maher Saleh (under- and 55).
Saudi Arabia took the gold medal totaling eight medals (5 gold, 3 silver), followed by runners-up the UAE with seven medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).
There was even more joy for Bahrain as the table tennis team registered their second successive victory in the second day of the competition at Al Ittifaq Club gym.
The nationals, who defeated Qatar 3-2 on the first day, extended their unbeaten run with an easy 3-0 win over the UAE to boost their title hopes.
Skipper Anwar Makki put Bahrain ahead after defeating UAE’s Abdulla Al Blooshi 3-0, then Mohammed Abbas doubled the kingdom’s advantage with a 3-0 win over Mohammed Al Bahar. Elyas Elyasi sealed the victory beating Abdulla Al Mohsini 3-1.
Bahrain now have four points after two ties, with one encounter remaining against host nation Saudi Arabia, which will decide this four-country championship.
In bowling, the Bahraini pair of Ahmed Al Awadi and Osama Abdulrahman teamed up to finish sixth in the doubles event scoring 2,256 and averaging 188 pins.
The other Bahraini tandem of Ahmed Al Khaja and Ali Al Qaseer were eighth with 2,153 total and 179.42 average.
Saudi Arabia’s Bader Al Shaikh and Prince Mohammed bin Sultan (2,383) clinched the gold medal, followed by Mohammed Al Muraikhi and Khalid Al Dossary (2,359), while Qatari Adel Al Barji and Abdulla Al Dolawan (2,342) settled for the bronze. The team event is scheduled for today, and is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the basketball championship is set to commence today (Thursday) when Bahrain face favourites Qatar in the opening match at 3pm at the Youth Care Hall. It will be followed by Saudi Arabia vs the UAE game at 5pm. The four nations will compete in a single round robin tournament to decide the gold medal winner


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