UncategorisedAl Bosta goes down fighting in Islamic Solidarity Games

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain yesterday (Sep. 30) had another disappointing finish in their medal haunt bid in the ongoing Third Islamic Solidarity Games, being held in Palembang, Indonesia.On the penultimate day of the Games, the Bahrainis were again unable to add to their overall medal tally as Fahad Al Bosta crashed out in the men’s taekwondo event at Sriwijaya Promomtion Centre.Al Bosta started his medal bid on a high note, beating Chadian champion Abdelkadre Hassan Alio 9-1 with ease in the first round of the men’s’ under-63-kg weight category. The Bahraini hopeful then faced a more experienced Tunisian champion Wahid Briki in the second round. Al Bosta put on a brave show, but eventually lost his bout by a heavy margin of 1-14.Briki moved on to win all his next clashes in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final against Turkey’s Umut Bildik to clinch the competition’s gold medal. Al Bosta is one of three taekwondo players who were seen in action this week. The remaining three were Hisham Al Hashmi and Mohammed Saleh, both were sent out crashing in the under-58kg weight category.Bahrain has so far won a total of five medals in this edition Games – two gold, one silver and two bronze, four of which were won in athletics which took place at Jaka Baring Athletic Stadium.Former world champion Maryam Jamal and Shitaye Eshete won Bahrain’s gold medals in the Games in the 5,000m and 10,000m, respectively. The kingdom’s only silver was claimed by Mohammed Yousif in the men’s triple jump, while Mahboob Hasan and Tareq Mubarak took the bronze medals in the men’s 10,000m and 3,000m events.Women’s national taekwondo team rising player Fajer Al Binali also clinched an additional bronze in the women’s ‘Poomse’.The Games, meanwhile, is scheduled to conclude today with the finals of the taekwondo and wushu events and the closing ceremony.The 10-day Islamic Solidarity Games is being held under the slogan “Unity and Harmony” with around 1,759 athletes and 624 officials taking part.A total of 13 sporting disciplines are lined-up in this edition Games, namely Athletics, Aquatic-Swimming, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Karate, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball Indoor, Volleyball Beach, Weightlifting and Wushu.In addition to Bahrain, other participating nations are Algeria, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Indonesia, Guyana, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, the UAE and Malaysia.

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