UncategorisedKhamis and Oluwakemi save Bahrain day

September 11, 20192

?ALI Khamis and Oluwakemi Adekoya yesterday (Wednesday, October 1) saved Bahrain’s day with gold medal apiece at the 17th Asian Games, being held in Incheon, in South Korea.
Twenty one-year-old Oluwakemi gave Bahrain its fourth gold medal and her second gold medal at the games, racing to victory in the women’s 400m hurdle final, while Khamis topped the men’s 400m hurdle race in style.
The results saw Bahrain improve on their medal tally to 11 medals in total, including five gold, five silver and one bronze.
Seven of Bahrain’s finest athletes took on some of Asia’s best, hoping to build on to their nation’s success on the penultimate day of athletics.
However, it was left to  make strong impact, as recently-crowned Women’s 400m gold medalist Oluwakemi Adekoya extended her superb form by topping the women’s 400m hurdles.
After winning the 400m final on the second day of athletics, Oluwakemi was dominant again in yesterday’s battle, in which she clocked 55.77 seconds. Japans’ Satomi Kubokura (56.21) and Xia Xiao (56.59) of China were respectively second and third.
Khamis then completed Bahrain’s double, taking him the men’s 400m gold, after a brave show. The 19-year-old athlete made an impressive sprint in the closing stages of the race to cross the line first in 49.71 seconds. Japan’s Takayuki Kishimoto (49.81) was second, followed by Wen Cheng (50.29) of China in third place.
Early on, Abraham Rotich was disqualified despite winning the men’s 800m bronze medal for Bahrain in an action-packed race, staged at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.
Rotich made a late sprint and managed to catch up with the front pack to steal the bronze in one minute and 46.94 seconds for his second personal best. His compatriot Yusuf Saad Kamel was unfortunate as he stumbled during the first lap and was out.
But following the race, Asian Games organisers decided the disqualify Rotich, gold medalist Abdulaziz Mohammed of Saudi Arabia and Musaab Bala of Qatar. Bala was disqualified for obstruction, while both Rotich and Mohammed were penalised for breaking lane regulations.
Just after the bell for the last lap, Mohammed faltered and appeared to grab Rotich’s shirt, almost pulling off his bib number. The ruling means Iraq’s Adnan Taess Akkar provisionally moves up to take the gold, with Teng Haining of China on silver and Jamal Haraine of Qatar bronze.
Bahrain’s day got underway with the women’s 800m, in which Genzeb Shumi and Rajaa Lemmadi both missed podium following fierce challenge from prominent athletes from India, Kazakhstan and China.
Twenty three-year-old Genzeb completed the race in fifth place out of nine runners, clocking 2:03.83, while Rajaa came last in 2:08.75. Kazakhstan’s Margarita Mukesheva (1:59.02) took the gold medal, edging India’s Lukka Tintu (1:59.19) who settled for second place, while the bronze medal went to Jing Zhao (1:59.48) rounded off the podium.
Bahrain delegation head and president of the Bahrain Athletics Association Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Hamad followed up the Bahraini athletes’ progress yesterday and congratulated them on their results.
Asian Games action continues today, when Bahrain makes its final appearance in three different sports, most of which are in athletics.
Maryam Jamal and Mimi Belete will lead Bahrain’s medal hopes today when they compete in the women’s 5,000m final, starting at 1pm (Bahrain time).
Lishan Dula and Eunice Jepkirui will both line up in the women’s marathon, Mohamed Yusuf will look to snatch a medal at the men’s triple jump final, while Elhassan Elabbasi awill race along compatriot Isaac Korir in the men’s 10,000m in the last event of the day, which commences at 3.15pm.
Bahrain will also compete in two other sports as the national handball team hopes to capture the competition’s bronze medal today when they take on Iran in the third-place match at 10am (Bahrain time), while Maryam Al Qasimi takes on South Korea’s Haeun Yang in the women’s singles opener.


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