The competitions of the 2nd GCC Beach Games have heated up as Qatar tops the overall medals table with eight medals, including three gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze while Oman are close behind with a total of seven medals total. The UAE stands in third place with four medals.
Team Qatar continued their unparalleled performance in handball and defeated Bahrain in the final. The Qatari handball team took home the gold medal in front of their energetic fans on Monday, 6th April, while Oman claimed the silver medal and Bahrain settled for bronze.
Qatar’s volleyball team also dominated the competition, blazing through both sets of the final match against Oman’s Team B, ending with a 2-0 win for the home team to claim the gold medal. Oman’s Team A won the bronze medals.
Commenting on the success of Team Qatar, Director of PR and Marketing at the Qatar Olympic Committee, Mohamed al-Fadala said:
“We are very pleased with the performance of all of our athletes, especially the handball and volleyball teams. To see such an outstanding performance in an intensely competitive tournament is testament to all the athletes. It is our sincere hope that all the children here today who have witnessed the live sporting action will leave with a newfound passion for sports.”
The UAE continued their winning streak in the football competition after defeating Kuwait and Qatar to top the standings with 6 points, with Oman following close behind with 6 points and just a one goal difference between them. Kuwait sits comfortably in third place after demolishing Bahrain 6-1 on Monday, 6th April. After a rest day on the 7th April, the football matches are set to continue until the end of the Games on the 9th April.
Qatar took home more medals in Katara Cultural Village, where Open Water Swimming and Rowing are being held. Waleed al-Sharshani won the gold medal for Team Qatar in the Laser Standard Class on Monday 6th April, ahead of Bahrain who took silver and Oman who claimed Bronze. Bahrain’s Jassim Showaiter managed to snag the gold medal in the Laser Radial class, ahead of Qatar’s Faris al-Bakri, who won silver, and UAE’s Saeed al-Zaidi who took home the bronze medal.
Meanwhile Oman’s Khais al-Wahaibi stole the show in the Laser 4.7 Class event and won the gold medal while UAE’s Hamza al-Ali won silver and Team Qatar’s Abdulrahman Ajinah claimed the bronze medal. The excitement on the beaches of Katara continued on Monday with Oman’s Zakaria al-Wahabi winning the gold medal in the Optimist Class, beating UAE’s Abdullah al-Bishr who won silver and Oman’s Marwan al-Jabri who won the bronze medal.
With three more days left until the Closing Ceremony on Thursday 9th April at al-Gharafa Club, the 3x3 Basketball competitions will begin on Wednesday and conclude the following day, with Team Qatar considered the favorites to win.
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