Bahrain yesterday (Monday, September 30) stayed on course towards beefing up their medal count at the 17th Asian Games, being held in Incheon, in South Korea.
The fourth day of athletics events, eight of Bahrain’s finest athletes went all out in the qualifying heat races while seeking to progress in their respective events.
Recently-crowned Women’s 400m gold medalist Oluwakemi Adekoya lived up to many expectations, yesterday this time by topping the women’s 400m hurdles heat 1 in 55.09 seconds.
She finished ahead of Ashwini Akkunji (57.67) of India, Minjia Cai (59.22) of China, Natalya Asanova (59.73) of Uzbekistan and Eunju Jo (59.93) of Korea, who also reached the final that will take place today.
Ali Khamis followed suit, being the second fastest athlete in the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.22 and qualifying for the final along with heat winner Chieh Chen (50.11).
Late on, Bahrain men’s and women’s athletes were involved in the 200m and 800m events. In the women’s 200m heat 1, Hajer Al Khaldi crashed out after coming fifth among eight participants in 24.50 seconds, a personal best, while Abbas Abubakar had technical issues and was unable to run in the men’s 200m heat 1.
In the women’s 800m, Rajaa Lemmadi (2:07.22) and Genzeb Shumi (2:04.45) both qualified for the final after coming fourth in their respective groups.
Bahrain’s Yusuf Saad Kamel (1:49.66) and Abraham Rotich (1:47.95) were second and first, respectively, in their respective heats after some great sprints to qualify from the men’s 800m final, scheduled for today.
Bahrain delegation head and president of the Bahrain Athletics Association Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Hamad followed up the Bahraini athletes’ progress yesterday and wished them success in the coming races.
On the fourth day of the J80 Open Match Racing sailing championship, featuring round robin format, Ebrahim Abdulla and his crew lost in four of their six races at Wangsan Sailing Marina Area E.
Comprising Daij Al Dossary, Abdulla Al Naar and Abdulrahim Abdulla, the team suffered defeats to Malaysia, China, Singapore and India while their wins were against Korea and Taipei.
The men’s Laser Standard Class continued yesterday as Abdulla Janahi had three races, in which his results were 6-5-6, to remain in sixth position with 55.0 net points from 11 races.
In shooting, Hasan Mohammed crashed out as he finished in 27th place out of 40 in the Skeet Men’s Qualification Day 2, scoring 109 points in total.