Bahrain capture West Asian title
Bahrain were crowned overall champions yesterday at the end of the first West Asian Athletics Championships in Aleppo, Syria. On the third day of the inaugural championship, the nationals were again impressive as they took 11 more medals, including five gold, four silver and two bronze.
Bahrain's dominant show saw them finish on top of the medal table with a total of 25 medals, including 11 gold, six silver and eight bronze
Having won 14 medals by the end of day two, the Bahraini athletes headed into their respective competitions yesterday with high morale.
They took part in nine different events and they are men's and women's half-marathon, men's triple jump, women's 5,000m, men's 200m, men's and women's 800m and the men's 5,000m.
Bahrain's first medals were won in the men's and women's half-marathon, held in the morning session, with Adam Ismail (1:02:25) and Khalid Ismail (1:02:27) finishing first and second, respectively.
Maytha Al Haddad (1:18:20) and compatriot Jameela Shami (1:25:02) then doubled Bahrain's medal victory with another 1-2 finish in the women's event.
In the men's triple jump, Mohammed Al Shehabi added a silver medal for Bahrain following his recent return from injury. Al Shehabi managed 16.46 metres to finish behind winner Mohammed Darwish of the UAE.
Basma Mohammed bagged the women's discus throw with a successful attempt of 31.19 metres, just before Belal Mansoor clinched Bahrain's third gold medal of the day by clocking 1:45.44 in the men's 800m.
Jameela Shami followed suit, winning the women's 800m gold medal in 2:04.85 while Taj Baba (17:11.77) and Shama Mubarak (17:11.79) rounded off Bahrain's medal spree by respectively taking first and second places in the women's 5,000 event.
Bahrain's athletes were congratulated by Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa who is presently with the team.
Shaikh Talal, the West Asian Athletics Association (WAAA) president, received congratulations from the Bahrain Olympic Committee's general secretary Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Bahrain sent a close-to-full-strength squad for the inaugural championships, signaling their intentions to go all out for medals. The only name missing was Bahrain's best runner Maryam Jamal, who was not named to the squad to allow her to focus on the Guangzhou Asian Games in November.