UncategorisedFour new medals for Bahrain at Incheon Asian Games

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain added one gold and three silver medals to their tally yesterday (Monday, September 29) at the 17th Asian Games, being held in Incheon, in South Korea
Former world champion Maryam Jamal lived up to expectations to win the women’s 1,500m gold medal, while Mimi Belete (women’s 1,500), Rashid Ramzi (men’s 1,500m) and Tareq Mubarak (men’s 3000m steeplechase) clinched silver medal each to raise Bahrain’s medal tally to nine medals (3-5-1).
The third day of athletics events got underway of with Maryam and Mimi adding one medal apiece for Bahrain after a dominant show in the women’s 1,500m final.
Maryam made a big sprint in the final half lap to take over the lead from Mimi and secure the gold medal in 4:09.90. Mimi (4:11.03) settled for the silver, while Puthiya Orchatteri (4:13:46) rounded off the podium.
Another Bahrain hopeful Ramzi then battled to a second-place finish in 3:40.95, while compatriot Benson Seurei narrow missed podium after coming fourth in 3:44.20. The gold medal went to Qatar’s Mohammed Al Garni (3:40.23).
Tareq Mubarak rounded off Bahrain’s medal winning spree of the day in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase final, where he timed 8:28.72 to finish second to gold medalist Qatari Abubaker Kamal (8:39.62), and ahead of another Bahraini runner Dejenee Mootumaa (8:43.69) who was fifth.
Noora Jassim was the other Bahraini athlete in action. She competed in the women’s discus throw final, in which she settled for ninth place with her best attempt being 43.98 metres.
In the handball championship semi-finals, Bahrain’s gold medal dreams were shattered after a 23-27 defeat to host nation South Korea at Seonhak Handball Gymnasium.
The Koreans were the stronger side in a well-competed encounter, thanks to a well-organised defence and efficient finishings by their top player Eunho Lee, as the home side went into half-time with a 12-10 advantage. 
Mahmood Abdulqader and Mohammed Al Maqabi were the joint top scorers for Bahrain with five goals each. Bahrain hope to secure the last place on the podium on Thursday when they battle with the other semi-finals losers Iran, for the tournament’s bronze medal.
The table tennis pair of Maryam Al Qasimi and Rashid Sanad also crashed out of the mixed doubles round of 32, going down to Jihee Jeon and Minseok Kim in straight sets (4-11, 11-13, 3-11).
In the men’s singles round of 64 match, Bahrain’s Rashid Sanad was also eliminated at the hands of his Thai opponent Padasak Tanviriyavechakul 0-4 (6-11, 6-11, 9-11, 10-12).
Bahrain Table Tennis Association president Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, who witnessed her players’ progress, had a meeting with vice-president of the South Korean Table Tennis Association Park Do Cheon and discussed means of cooperation and boosting ties between the two parties.
On the third day of the J80 Open Match Racing sailing championship, featuring round robin format, Ebrahim Abdulla and his crew had mixed luck at Wangsan Sailing Marina Area E.
Comprising Daij Al Dossary, Abdulla Al Naar and Abdulrahim Abdulla, the team started the day with a defeat to Taipei but then came back and won the next races against Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
In shooting, Hasan Mohammed crashed out as he finished in 26th place out of 40 in the Skeet Men’s Qualification Day 1, scoring 65 points in total.

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