11/19/2018 11:09:33 PM (GMT+3)

Qatar's Hamad returns to action with skeet gold

Qatar

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar’s Masoud Saleh Hamad returned to skeet shooting about three months ago after a gap of two years, but he showed excellent form to win the men’s individual gold medal at the 14th Arab Shooting Championship here on Monday.

A star-studded field, including two Olympic Games bronze-winner and three times Asian champion Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah, Rio Olympics bronze medallist, thrice world champion and six times Asia champion Abdullah Al Rashidi from Kuwait and World Cup bronze medallist Saud Habib (Kuwait), had qualified for the top honours.

“I’m very happy with this victory. I just returned to the range after two years. I was away from it due to my office. But I started training again and contested in the Asian Championship in Kuwait, which was my first event,” said Hamad, who had stopped the sport due to his office responsibilities.

But he returned to action in August and managed a lowly 23rd place in the Asian Championship in Kuwait City. However, in his very second competition in Losail, he displayed his vintage poise in the finals, clinching a thrilling gold medal match against Habib off the final shots by 54-53.

“The Arab championship is my second competition. Big names like Al Rashidi, Attiyah, Habib and Rashid Saleh were all competing and I’m really thrilled to have won this high-quality event,” he added.

This was one of three gold medals that hosts clinched in skeet. The home team swept the team titles, but the women’s skeet gold medal eluded them as Kuwait’s Eman Alshamaa overcame Qatar’s Reem Al Sharshani.

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