?Bahrain’s under-17 handball team yesterday (AUGUST 17) continued their outstanding run at the Second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, in China.The nationals kick-started their campaign in this round robin quarter-final stage with an emphatic 35-26 victory over Syria in Pool ‘A’ opener. They took a commanding 16-10 lead at the break.Fadhel Al Haddad led Bahrain to a well-earned victory, scoring nine goals, the highest score ever in this match. He was well assisted by teammates Hasan Madan (8 goals), Husain Maki (6) and Khalil Mubarak (5) who were also in superb form.Others spearheading the Bahrain team yesterday were Khalid Al Balooshi, Hasan Al Adhab, Mahmood Al Salatena, Qasim Hasan, Ali Shaalan, Zaher Omar, Nadeem Al Qattan and Abdulrahman Al Douky and goalkeepers Qasim Al Shuwaikh and Mohammed Farsan.Coached by Adel Al Sabba, Bahrain made it to the quarter-finals round robin stage after coming on top in Group ‘C’ with an all-win record.Having won Group ‘C’ with an undefeated record, the Bahrainis were placed in Pool A in the quarter-finals along with Group ‘A’ winners Qatar, Group ‘B’ runners-up Iraq and Group ‘B’ runners-up Syria.In the same group, Qatar eased to a 36-23 (17-13) victory over Iraq to share Bahrain the lead with two points each. Bahrain will secure their place in the semi-finals, should they beat Iraq today at 9am (Bahrain time).The other Pool ‘B’ saw Saudi Arabia edge Kuwait 29-27 (13-13) to claim a joint lead with Korea. Iran is the other team in this four-nation pool.In this edition Games, Bahrain are also taking part in three more disciplines – athletics, table tennis and fencing.Bahrain had a great start in the table tennis event yesterday, where Alyas Alyassi sealed his berth in the competition’s second round. Alyasi, who is seeded 21st in the Games, won his first two matches yesterday in Group ‘D’ to reach the last-16 round.More than players were divided into 12 groups of four, and each group winners will go directly to the last-16 round. Each group runners-up will battle in a single round robin to determine the remaining four seats in the competition’s final 16.He first defeated Chun Wang of Macau 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 12-10), then edged past UAE’s Abdulla Al Mohaiseni 3-2 (9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6) in a well-contested game. Japan’s Tonin Ryozaki is the other player in this group.But Bahrain’s other representative Rashid Khalid, who is seeded 23rd, had a heartbreaking start in his Group 12, which also features Korea’s Gangheyon Park, Dunley Foo of Malaysia and Laos’ Kongphet Phinit.Rashid lost his both matches played yesterday to Gungheyon 1-3 (11-6, 6-11, 3-11, 6-11) and Dunley 2-3 (6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11) as he crashed out of the tournament.Athletics events are scheduled to start today, as Bahrain’s Mohammed Saad and Saeed Al Ameeri will be coming in their respective men’s 100m heats from 2.35pm (Bahrain time) onwards.The Bahraini duo hope to make progress in this event as the first three in each heat and the next four fastest will advance to the semi-finals.