Doha,April,10: Long-distance runner Musaeb Abdulrehman yesterday won the 800m final on day two of the 14th GCC Athletics Championship as Qatar picked up 12 more medals in the region’s top track and field event.
Abdulrehman clocked a time of 1:48.18 to finish the 800m race ahead of compatriot Jamal Heran who bagged a silver. Heran was timed at 1:48.82.
In third place was Kuwait’s Ibrahim Rameez Al Zaraifee who picked up the bronze medal for his efforts. Al Zairaifee was timed at 1:53.17 at Khalifa Stadium, the venue of the three-day championships.
Kuwait’s Umar Al Rashidi failed to complete the race as he limped off the track presumably with a leg injury.
In the discuss throw final, Qatar’s Ahmed Mohammed Deeb won the gold with an impressive performance against a strong field. Deeb reached the winning distance of 59.75m.
Kuwait’s Essa Mohammed picked up a silver medal with his score of 57.87m.
The bronze was won by Qatar’s Rashid Shafi Al Dosari with a score of 57.78m which he managed on his third throw.
In the high jump final, Qatar’s Mohammed Ahmed Al Mannai was the winner with a leap of 1.82m at Khalifa Stadium. The silver was bagged by Oman’s Hussain bin Ali (1.76m).
Magid Al Zaid of Kuwait walked off with the silver medal, touching a distance of 1.76m.
Overall Qatar won 12 medals with 3 golds, 4 silvers and 5 bronze medals on day two of the championships.
Saudi athletes dazzled in the men’s 3000m steeplchase and the 400m hurdles events.
Saudi duo of Ali Ahmed Al Marri won the gold with a time of 8:53.51 while compatriot Ahmed Barhan managed an impressive time of 8:56.70. The bronze medal went to Qatar’s Muaaz Abdulrehman (9:02.53).
In the 400m hurdles final, Saudi Arabia’s Idrees Husawi won the gold with a time of 51.04sec. Qatar’s Jamal Abdulnasir Abubaker (52.08) bagged the silver medal with a well-timed run.
Kuwait’s Jassim Almaas (53.01) was the bronze winner at Khalifa Stadium in the 400m hurdles final.
In the juniors competitions at Khalifa Stadium yesterday, Qatari athletes Khalid Mohammed Safar (400m hurdles), Mohammed Noor Adam (800m) and Mohammed Al Nazeer (2000m) also won gold medals in their respective events.
The championship concludes today with events to be staged in 13 disciplines (8 for seniors and 5 for juniors).
In the feature event of the day, Qatar’s London Games star Mutaz Essa Barshim will compete in the long jump event at 5:30pm.
Barshim – who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games long jump competition – has been training overseas for this event. Three juniors are competing in every discipline from each participating country.
Roqaya Al Gassra, Bahrain’s top female sprinter, and Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi, the Saudi long jumper and scores of other athletes were present at Khalifa Stadium to watch the proceedings.
Prince Nawaf bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Saud, President, Saudi Arabian Amateur Athletics Federation, and former QAF chief Abdullah Al Zaini were also present at Khalifa Stadium. Meanwhile, Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF), organisers of the three-day meet, yesterday announced that it will name more athletes who will take part in the one-day Samsung Diamond League season-opener at Qatar Sports Club Stadium on May 10.
Top names like Yohan Blake of Jamaica and David Rudhisha of Kenya will headline the one-day affair, QAF said last month.
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