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UAE’s Seham, Noora win gold

posted on 14/03/2013: 1410 views



Manama: UAE's Seham Masaud and Noora Khalifa bagged gold medals in javelin and shot put respectively in the competition for the disabled in the GCC Games for Women being held in Bahrain.

The Bahrainis continued to dominate the athletics for disabled and captured seven medals – three gold, three silver and one bronze.

Bahrain's gold medals were won by Fatma Safar in the shot put (F53-54), Zahra Abdulla in the discus throw (F37) and Asma Habib in the 400m.

Meanwhile the hosts extended their top form in the bowling championship. The quartet of Noora Sultan, Yasmine Akeel, Fatma Isa and Noora Janahi excelled on the penultimate day of the bowling events and the Games, giving the home side a well-deserved victory and the gold medal.

Scoring a total of 4,193 points, the Bahrainis finished well ahead of their nearest rivals Kuwait (3,821 points) and Oman (3,495).

It was the third gold medal for the Bahrainis in bowling, having won the singles title through Noora, who teamed up with Yasmine later to take the doubles crown.

The top three finishers were honoured by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports member Abdulrahman Jawahery.

Tuesday's Games action also included shooting, besides the concluding day of basketball and sports for the disabled events.

On the second day of shooting, staged at the shooting field in Sakhir, Qatar were crowned champions in both the 10m rifle singles and team events.

Qatar's Bahia Mansoor topped the single competition, followed by compatriot Mahbooba Akhlaqi. Aisha Ebrahim, also of Qatar, took the last spot on the podium to underline Qatar's dominance on the most recent show.

They received their respective awards late on by GCC Women's Organising Committee chairwoman Shaikha Naima Al Subah of Kuwait at the awarding ceremony.

The same trio led Qatar to win the 10m rifle team gold medal, with the silver medal going to the Kuwaiti team of Maryam Arzooqi, Heba Arzooi and Zahra Khalil.

Bahrain, represented by Sabeeka Mubarak, Sara Rashid and Muneera Yousif, won the bronze. – The Gulf Today

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