Oman opens account at Islamic Games


Oman’s Raghad Nabil Ghazi Al Zubaidi showcases her bronze medal in the discus throw event. Photo – Supplied
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Palembang: Oman opened its account at the third Islamic Solidarity Games 2013 by bagging a silver and bronze yesterday. The Games are currently underway at the Palembang city of Indonesia.

While Oman's ace sprinter Barakat Al Harthi claimed silver in the 100m final, Raghad Nabil Ghazi Al Zubaidi captured bronze medal in the discus event.

Starting as the favourite, it was a matter of slight disappointment for the Omani sprinter Barakat, the Asian Games bronze medallist, who had to remain content with the silver medal.

Barakat had raised Omani gold hopes as he had won the heats with ample ease. However, he was pipped by an Iranian sprinter, who clocked a timing of 10.29 seconds.

He finished the race in 10.34 seconds while Saudi Arabian sprinter Fahad Al Sobai claimed the bronze.

Speaking after the race, Barakat said: "I am happy to have won the silver medal, especially when the competition was very tough.

"I am disappointed for not having won the gold, but such things do happen. I will try to do well in the forthcoming events," he added.

On the other hand, Oman's talented women athlete, Raghad Al Zubaidi was the first to open the country's account at the Games.

Her discuss throw of 29.46m was good enough to get her the bronze medal.

"I have worked hard for the Games and the medal was the result of sincere efforts,"
said Raghad.

"I am thankful to my coach for guiding me thus far and hope I can go to bigger levels from here."

Raghad will also participate in the shot put competition today, where she has high hopes of grabbing yet another medal.

Meanwhile, it was dejection for other woman athlete from Oman — Shnoon Al Hasniyah. The national sprinter was placed sixth in the 100m final, which saw Maryam Tousi win gold

Oman's Abdullah Al Sooli, who contested the men's 100m final along with Barakat Al Harthi, had a foul start and was disqualified "I regret my mistake, but vow to do well in the 200m event," he said.

Spikers win
On the beach, Oman's spikers notched their first round wins in the first round and looked promising for winning medals in the coming days. Oman's A team comprising Haitham Al Shuraiqi and Ahmed Al Hosni and Oman B team of Badr Al Subhi and Hassan Al Balushi notched good wins.

Oman A (Haitham and Ahmed) notched wins against Kuwait, Indonesia B and Qatar B, while Oman B (Badr and Hassan) got the better off Qatar A, but lost to Indonesia A in three sets.

Badr, who was injured, braved the pain, but the asking was too high against the host team.
Mohna Al Badali, who took part in the 62kg weightlifting competition, could not impress yesterday, finishing at the bottom.  Indonesia's Eco Mohammed claimed the gold with a lift of 134kg, followed by the Egyptian Ahmed Mohammed and the Turkey's Bonani came third.

Today, Oman's Mohammed Al Marhoobi  will be taking part in the weightlifting competition (77kg category).

Tennis blues
Oman also did not impress on the tennis courts losing to hosts 3-0 in the women's team event.

Fatma Al Nabhani lost to a host player in the singles 3-6, 6-2,6-2, while Sarah Al Balushi was beaten by another Indonesian 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, Fatma and Sarah also bowed out tamely.

In the men's event, Saleh Al Zadjali failed in the singles, while Mohammed Al Nabhani defeated a Togo player 6- 2, 5-7, 9-6.

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