Qatar continued their impressive run at the Islamic Solidarity Games by clinching three more medals in Baku yesterday.
Ahmad Zayed al-Shammari gave Qatar the first silver of the Games as he finished second in the men’s 25m Standard Pistol, while Kholoud Hassan al-Khalaf and Mohamed Khejaim combined to win the bronze medal in the Mixed Trap.
The third medal of the day came in gymnastics as Ahmed al-Dayani won bronze on pommel horse.
With yesterday’s three medals, Qatar took their medals tally to six, which includes one gold, one silver and four bronze.
In the 25m Standard Pistol Men’s, Ahmad finished with behind Azerbaijan’s shooter Ruslan Lunev, who clinched his third gold medal of the Games. Ozgur Varlik from Turkey won the bronze medal.
The 19-year-old Qatari shooter who had an impressive season to show off last year in the junior category, in both the team and individual event, seemed to be continuing from where he left.
In September, last year, Ahmad played a pivotal role in Qatar winning the team bronze medals in men’s 25M standard pistol and the 25M rapid fire at the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) Junior World Cup for rifle, pistol and shotgun events in Gabala, Azerbaijan. Ahmad, Mohamed Nasser al-Yafei and Rabea al-Kuwari combined for a tally of 1,558 points to finish behind India (1,655) and Australia (1,645).
Ahmad was Qatar’s top shooter, collecting 540 points, while Nasser and Rabea tallied 520 and 498 respectively. Al-Shammari and al-Yafei were also among the top 10 in individual event, ending up seventh and ninth respectively.
In 25M rapid fire, Qatar’s trio of Ahmad, Mohamed and Rabea fired a tally of 1,661 points to finish behind India (1,725) and Australia (1,702).
Ahmad led Qatar’s charge and finished with a creditable 569, which placed him sixth in the individual performers’ list as well. He was followed by Mohammed, who shot 549, while Rabea secured 543.
In the Mixed Trap, Qatari duo of al-Khalaf and Khejaim finished behind Azerbaijan which took the silver while Turkey clinched the gold. Turkey are leading the medals tally followed by Azerbaijan.
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