Double gold joy for Bahrain
 
, Posted on 19-May-2017


Double gold joy for Bahrain

Manama : Bahrain yesterday had another outstanding day in athletics events at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, being held in Baku, in Azerbaijan.

The kingdom’s athletes grabbed two gold and one silver medal to take their tally to 11 medals in total, including 6 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze, thus moving up to eighth place among 33 nations competing at the games.

Bahrain’s first victory was marked by Ruth Jebet, who battled to a second gold medal of the Games. The long-distance star clinched victory after edging Turkey’s Yasemin Can in a thrilling women;s 5,000-metre final at Baku Olympic Stadium.

Jebet strolled to gold in the 3,000-metre steeplechase on Wednesday, but she was pushed all the way at the stadium after a superb effort from training partner Can. Can, the European 5,000 and 10,000-metre champion, attacked on the final lap, but the Olympic steeplechase champion responded superbly to edge ahead on the final straight as she won in 14 minutes and 53.41 seconds.

The Turkish runner had to make do with silver as she finished just nine hundredths of a second adrift of Jebet, while United Arab Emirates athlete Alia Mohammed rounded off the podium winning the bronze after a strong challenge from Kyrgyzstan’s Daria Maslova.

Bahrain’s second gold medal of the day was captured by Odiong Edidiong, who raced to victory in the women’s 200m final.

The short-distance runner completed the race in 22.95 seconds, edging Gina Bass of Gambia for a silver and Nigina Sharipova of Uzbekistan claimed a bronze. 

Yaqoob Salem (20.56 seconds) completed the kingdom’s medal haul, winning the men’s 200m final silver after a tough battle with gold medalist Ramil Guliev (20.08) of Turkey.

Earlier, Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Adekoya breezed into the women;s 400 metre final to remain on track for a Baku double. The Bahraini, who won 400-metre hurdles gold on Wednesday, ran 51.46 seconds to blitz through her heat to qualify for today’s final.

Adekoya, along with compatriot Salwa Nassr, will both compete today in the gold-medal race at 5.20pm (Bahrain time).

Another Bahraini, Salwa Eid Naser, was the only athlete to get close to Adekoya’s time, as the 2015 world youth champion posted 51.94 seconds to win her heat. Nigeria’s Folasade Abigeal Abugan won the other heat.

Abraham Rotish, John Kibet and Evans Chematot were unable to follow suit as they failed to grab podium in their respective 
challenges.

Rotish finished last in the men’s 800m final where he reached the end in 1:47.46, two seconds less than gold mdalist Mostafa Smaili of Morocco, while Kibet (8:34.27) and Chamatot (8:48.46) ended fourth and sixth, respectively in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase final, which saw another Moroccan Mohamed Tindouft (8:26.26) stroll away to win gold.

DT News Network


Related News

Batelco Gunners trash Al Ahlam
May 29

Batelco Gunners trash Al Ahlam

Manama : Batelco Gunners United thrashed Al Ahlam 5-0 in the third round of Group Two of the Nasser 10 Football Tournament, held at Khalifa Sports City Football Stadium in Isa Town. Scoring for the winners were Ali Nasser (13th minute), Hassan Redha (18th), Diego (23rd and 43rd) and Omar Al...

Read More
Ramadan Tennis begins tonight
May 29

Ramadan Tennis begins tonight

Manama : The opening round of matches are scheduled tonight from 9.30pm at the Bahrain Tennis Club Ramadan Tournament 2017 for The Late Majid Al Zayani Cup Super Doubles at its premises in Juffair. A total of five doubles pairs have been split into two groups of five playing round-robin until June 8, with the...

Read More
‘Nabil’ new mascot of Futsal league
May 29

‘Nabil’ new mascot of Futsal league

Manama : “Nabil” will be the new mascot of the Fifth Khalid Bin Hamad Futsal League for Youth Centres, People with Disabilities and Girls held from July 24 to August 23, under the slogan #meeting_of_generations. The character painted by Bahraini artist Turki Rashid is based on the best player in the...

Read More
Shaikh Nasser  congratulated  on new BOC term
May 29

Shaikh Nasser congratulated on new BOC term

Manama : Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) board member and chairwoman of the Women’s Sport Committee Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa extended congratulations to His Majesty the King’s Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, Shaikh Nasser...

Read More
Grooming  champions
May 29

Grooming champions

Manama : HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports, President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), witnessed the launch of the final stage of the Giro D’Italia in its 100th edition, one...

Read More
BTC Ramadan Tournament begins
May 28

BTC Ramadan Tournament begins

Manama : The Late Yousif Khalil Al Moayyed Cup is set to start tonight from 9.30pm as six group doubles group matches get underway at the Bahrain Tennis Club Ramadan Tournament at its premises in Juffair. Doubles pairs have been drawn into three groups playing round-robin with the quarter finals set for June 7,...

Read More
Target CC lift Indian Club softball cricket trophy
May 28

Target CC lift Indian Club softball cricket trophy

Manama : In a low-scoring Grand Final on Friday evening, Target CC beat Chak de India by four wickets to win The Indian Club Indian Expatriates Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2017.  Batting first, Chak de India were bowled out for 27 in 5.2 overs and Target reached the target in scoring 30 for two...

Read More
Feng takes fourth place at the queen stage of Tour of Japan
May 28

Feng takes fourth place at the queen stage of Tour of Japan

Manama : Team Bahrain-Merida Pro-Cycling teams’ Chun Kai Feng finished fourth at the Izu queen stage of the Tour of Japan (TOJ) yesterday, which comprises 12.2km x 10 laps in the lumpy Shizuoka Prefecture, with a total elevation gain of 3,750m, this is definitely the hardest stage of TOJ, and also the last...

Read More
Nasser 10: First grand raffle today
May 28

Nasser 10: First grand raffle today

Manama : The first lucky winner of a car will be known today as the raffle draw on one of the grand prizes is taking place today during the matches of Nasser 10 Football Tournament at Khalifa Sports City Football Stadium in Isa Town. The curtain comes down on the second round of the group stage, and the occasion...

Read More
Ride for safety
May 27

Ride for safety

Manama : The Cycle Safe Bahrain held its inaugural ride yesterday with around 400 cyclists participating from a broad spectrum of society in the kingdom and brought together riders using road bikes, mountain bikes and everyday bikes. This initiative was under the patronage of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al...

Read More