UncategorisedBahrain handball team finish second in Pool A

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain yesterday (AUGUST 19) settled for second position in the handball championship at the Second Asian Youth Games, being held in Nanjing, in China.
The under-17 team suffered their maiden defeat in the competition, going down 19-25 to Qatar in the top-of-the-Group clash. Bahrain were leading the game 11-10 at half-time.
The result put the Qataris on top of this four-nation group with six points from three matches, one ahead of Bahrain, who will now take on Pool B winners Korea in the semi-finals that will take place today at 1pm (Bahrain time).
In the other semi-final clash at 11am, Qatar face off with Saudi Arabia, who punched the second ticket from Pool B after an exciting come-from-behind victory over Iran earlier this week.
Both Bahrain and Qatar headed into the concluding game in the second round being insured a place in the semi-finals after winning their both previous matches to Iraq and Syria.
Coached by Adel Al Sabba, Bahrain were banking on a group of their promising handball talents such as Hasan Madan and Hasan Al Adhab, who were the joint top scorers with five goals each.
The Bahrainis were also spearheaded by Khalil Mubarak, Khalid Al Balooshi, Husain Maki, Fadhel Al Haddad, Mahmood Al Salatena, Qasim Hasan, Ali Shaalan, Zaher Omar, Nadeem Al Qattan, Abdulrahmabn Al Douky and goalkeepers Qasim Al Shuwaikh and Mohamed Farsan.
The Bahrainis had kick-started their campaign in this round robin stage beating Syria 35-26  last Saturday, which was followed by a deciding 26-25 win over Iraq on Sunday. Bahrain made it to the quarter-finals round robin stage after coming on top in Group ‘C’ with an all-win record.
In athletics, which started yesterday, three of Bahrain’s four athletes were unable to qualify from their respective men’s and women’s 100m heats.
The Bahraini quartet were looking to qualify for the semi-finals, but needed to finish in the top three in the heat event.
In the men’s section, Bahrain had mixed luck, with Mohammed Saad reaching the semi-finals after coming fifth in 11.51 seconds.
But fellow Bahraini Saeed Al Ameeri, who completed in the next heat, could only finish sixth in 11.82 as he crashed out of the competition.
Zaynab Abdulhussain and Sara Al Ghais also made early exists in their respective heats in the women’s event.
Zaynab was sixth among seven athletes in 13.16 seconds as she failed to make progress, and Sara followed suit with a seventh-place finish in 14.13 seconds.
Saad will carry Bahrain hopes today when the semi-finals take place from 2.40pm (Bahrain time) onwards.
The semi-finals will see the best 16 athletes divided into two heats, with the top three in each heat and the next two fastest advance to the final tomorrow.
Bahrain’s hopes also vanished in table tennis, where rising junior Alyas Alyassi progressed into the last-16 round singles event, but then was knocked out by Jing Yin of Singapore 2-3 (11-4, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 5-11).
Alyas made it to the playoffs after coming second in Group ‘D’, going down 0-3 (7-11, 7-11, 3-11) to Japan’s Tonin Ryozaki in the top-of-the-group clash earlier yesterday.
Bahrain’s other representative Rashid Khalid, who was seeded 23rd, came second in in Group 12, which also comprised Kongphet Phinit of Laos, Korea’s Gangheyon and Dunley Foo of Malaysia.

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