posted on 26/08/2012: 1579 views
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday won the individual gold title of the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship at Euston Park in Suffolk, UK, where a total of 152 riders from 38 countries from all over the world lined-up at the start-line to compete for the prestigious title.
Riding Madji du Pont, Sheikh Mohammed was crowned champion of the world endurance race after crossing the finish line in about seven hours.
Sheikh Mohammed led a team of elite UAE riders including Dubai Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority H.H. Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum, Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Belqazi and Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri.
The epic victory is the third in a row following victories in 2008 World Endurance Championship- Malaysia and in the 2010 World Endurance Championship- Kentucky, USA.
The 180-km route comprises of six loops between 20km and 38km, five of which take riders on different routes around the Suffolk countryside covering heathland, forest tracks, river meadows and open farmland.
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum was the runner up while Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri steered to the third rank H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, were present at the memorable event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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