UncategorisedBahrainis pip Taipei to keep handball semis hopes alive

September 11, 20190

Bahrain yesterday (September 24) extended their 100 per cent winning run in the handball championship, part of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, in South Korea.
The nationals shrugged off a shaky start to capture a well-earned 34-25 victory against Taipei in the opening match of the second round held at the Seonhak Handball Gymnasium.
Hussain Al Sayyed and Mohammed Al Maqabi were the heroes in Bahrain’s crucial victory, as they made the bulk of scoring in an exciting game, especially in the first-half which ended 13-13.
Both Al Sayyad and Al Maqabi  emerged joint top scorer of yesterday’s game scoring eight goals apiece, while goalkeeper Mohammed Abdulhussain brought off several fine saves midway into the second-half, which proved decisive.
Other goal scorers for Salah Bouchekriou-coached Bahrainis were Ali Merza (6 goals), Jaffer Abdulqader and Mahdi Madan (3 each), Mohamed Merza and Ali Hussain (2 each), Ali Abdulqader and Hasan Al Samahiji (1 each).
Bouchekriou’s squad also includes a number of prominent Bahraini handball players, including Mohammed Merza, Hasan Al Fardan, Sadiq Abdulla, Jassim Al Salatna Ali Eid and substitute goalkeeper Jassim Radhi.
After winning top spot in the three-nation Group ‘A’ in the first round, Bahrain moved on to the second round where they were placed in a group with Qatar, Kuwait and Taipei.
Bahrain’s next match is scheduled for today (September 25) when they take on Qatar at 2pm (Bahrain time). In the tougher four-team Group ‘B’, South Korea will play against Iran, Saudi Arabia and Oman, with only the top two teams from each group reaching the semi-finals knock-out stage.
Meanwhile, Bahrain national sailor Abdulla Janahi had a good start in yesterday in the Laser Standard Class at the Wangsan Sailing Marina.
Competing with some of the top sailors from Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, Qatar, Oman, Kazakhstan, Iran, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Janahi was able to take sixth place after the first three races.
Janahi is now on 18 points, five behind leader Khairulnizam bin Mohd Afendy of Malaysia, and four below South Korea’s Jeemin Ha, who is in second place with Keerati Bualong (3 points) of Thailand in third place. 
Elsewhere, the triathlon team pair of Nawaf Al Daen and Mohammed Al Gais will both kick-start their campaign today at 7am (Bahrain time) when they battle over 1.5km swim, 40km cycling and 10km run.
National shooting team members Jamal Ali and Salman Zaman have both finalized their preparations for the men’s 50m rifle prone event today.
The contest will be held at the  shooting range, located 20km away from the Ongnyeon International shooting range, as Ali hopes to improve on his personal best while competing with a group of prominent shooters from 22 countries.
The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) also joined the celebration of Saudi Arabia’s 84th National Day yesterday. BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, along with representatives of the committee, attended a special function  held at Grand Hayat Hotel, where they were received by Saudi Athletics Association president Prince Nawaf bin Mohammed Al Saud and other senior Saudi officials.

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