Qatar wins three golds and one silver at GCC Games


Qatar clinched three golds and a silver on the opening day of the GCC Games in Kuwait on Monday.
Qatar’s first gold medal went to Samar Mansouri who came out on top in the women’s pole vault (3.40m). The other two gold medals were won by Tosin Ogunode and Ammar Ibrahim.
Qatar’s Jakarta Asian Games silver medalist Ogunode took the win in the men’s 100m in 10.05 seconds, Qatari Ibrahim topped the men’s 400m final in 45.76 seconds.
The opening day also saw Qatar win a silver medal with Saeed al-Absi finishing second in the men’s 110m hurdles. Al-Absi clocked 14.08 seconds while Kuwait’s Yaqoub al-Youha won the gold medal in 13.65 seconds. Khalfan al-Jabri of Oman settled for bronze in 15.04 seconds.
Nearly 1,700 athletes from six GCC countries are participating in the Gulf Games in 16 disciplines, including handball, volleyball, basketball, futsal, swimming, athletes, shooting, karate, judo, tennis, cycling, ice hockey, table tennis, padel and e-sports.
Women are competing for the first time in seven sports, including futsal, esports, athletics, cycling, 3×3 basketball, padel and table tennis. More than 173 athletes from Team Qatar are taking part in the Games in all disciplines except futsal and ice hockey.
The second day of the Games will begin with shooting competitions at the Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex.
The competitions will begin with a trap event where shooters will shoot at 75 targets, while the 10m air pistol event will take place at 10.30am followed by the final.
The 50m rifle finals will take place at 2 p.m.
Secretary General of the Kuwaiti and Arab Shooting Federations, Obaid al-Osaimi, welcomed the teams from the Gulf participating in the Games, adding that everything is ready for the competitions under the new laws that will be implemented for the first time at the Games and that the changes will be officially implemented at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
He said the Federation and the Kuwait Shooting Club were keen to provide all participating teams with their requirements in cooperation with the Kuwait Olympic Committee and its President Sheikh Fahad al-Nasser al-Sabah and the Public Authority for Sport and its Director General, Dr. Humoud Fulaiteh.
Head of the shooting referees committee Hamad al-Ruwaisan said the Games will apply the new International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) law in the skeet and trap events.

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