Royal record for HH Shaikh Nasser in Spain endurance ride
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
His Majesty the King’s humanitarian work and youth affairs representative His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has made history in Spain, by winning the 120km race of the Spain International Endurance Championship with a new time record as the Royal Endurance Team swept all the podium places.
Othman Al Awadhi came second in the 120km race, while teammate Mohammed Abdulhameed Al Hashemi was third.
HH Shaikh Nasser set a new record after clocking six hours, 19 minutes and 35 seconds, one second ahead of Al Awadhi and two seconds ahead of Al Hashemi.
HH Shaikh Nasser managed to fend off competition from Spanish and Uruguayan jockeys en route to winning the event.
Speaking after the race, HH Shaikh Nasser hailed the support to sports given by HM the King as well as His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, which has helped the Royal Endurance Team achieve top honours.
HH Shaikh Nasser also received a phone call from UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the occasion. Sheikh Mohammed expressed his congratulations to HH Shaikh Nasser for the great achievement.
“We had a specific plan for this competition.
It was well-studied and this has allowed the team to dominate the competitions. It was a bold plan,” HH Shaikh Nasser said.
“We are very happy with this well-earned victory.
The team is back to dominate European competitions, especially in Spain, where it always witnesses fierce competitions with the presence of world-class jockeys.”
HH Shaikh Nasser applauded Al Awadhi and Al Hashemi for their performances and also praised Isa Al Sendi for winning the 100km race. Al Sendi completed the race in five hours, nine minutes and 11 seconds.
The achievements adds to the accomplishments by the Bahrainis, who also won the 160km race through Raed Mahmoud.
Bahrain’s non-resident Ambassador to Spain Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa attended the race to support HH Shaikh Nasser.