The Kingdom of Bahrain yesterday (Wednesday) had a perfect finish to their medal quest as the curtains came down on the Fourth GCC Women’s Games, being held in Muscat.
Nadia Akeel put on a spirited show to give Bahrain the bowling Masters gold medal on the concluding day of this challenging 11-day event. It was the fourth gold medal for Bahrain in the bowling events, having won three gold medals in the singles, doubles and team contests.
Nadia, the former Arab champion, was again in top form to finish on top in the concluding Masters competition after scoring 101 points to beat Hanadi Al Mezel of Kuwait, who bagged the silver. Aisha Al Saibani of Oman took the bronze.
The victory saw Bahrain emerge overall champions with 33 medals in total (20 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze), the highest among any of the five countries competing at the games. They were followed by host nation Oman, who finished second, while the UAE rounded off the podium.
Nadia was one of three Bahrainis who reached this eight-member Masters championship. Majda Taher and Layla Janahi were the other two.
The trio Bahrainis qualification for the Masters was based on their results in the team event, as Nadia led the line up with the highest total pins of 3,393 with a 188.50 average.
Majda also qualified as the second best with 3,022 total and 167.89 average, while Layla qualified after coming seventh totaling 2,947 and averaging 163.73.
Nadia received her medal at the prize-distribution ceremony and was congratulated by Bahrain Olympic Committee board member, women’s sport committee chairwoman and Bahrain delegation head Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa.
Meanwhile, the UAE retained the volleyball gold medal after defeating host nation Oman 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 27-25, 25-21) in the concluding game of this round robin tournament, staged at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Gym in Boshar.
The gold-medal match was preceded by a consolation game between bottom of the table sides Kuwait and Qatar. The former emerged winners 3-0 to claim fourth place, while Qatar finished last with four defeats in four games. The UAE, Oman and bronze medalists Bahrain were honorerd yesterday right after the matches.
Bahrain sent 140 athletes to compete in eight sports teams – volleyball, handball, basketball, athletics, taekwondo, shooting, taekwondo and special needs athletics. Tennis and bowling were the other two events in which Bahrain did not take part.
Bahrain’s delegation, which returns today, is being headed by member of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and chairwoman of the Woman’s Sport Committee Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa.