RASHID Al Athba made a good comeback to competitive action by clinching the Emir’s Cup skeet gold at the Losail Shooting Range last week.
Rashid had taken a nine-month break from the sport due to personal reasons.
Returning to action, Rashid showed he still had not lost his touch as he beat Olympic bronze medallist Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah 53-51 in the final.
Khalid Al Mohannadi settled for bronze with a score of 43.
Rashid and Nasser were neck and neck in the finals. But in the final 10 shots, Rashid held his nerve to clinch the yellow metal.
“I’m very happy with the victory. I was coming back from a nine-month break as I was dealing with some personal issues. I’m happy to beat the challenge from quality shooters like Nasser and Khalid. Emir’s Cup gold is certainly an achievement for me,” said Rashid.
The 25-year-old expressed his relief at not having lost any competitive edge despite being out of action for a long time.
“I’ve won many medals before and have beaten Nasser as well. But in this competition, the most important thing for me was to show that I hadn’t lost my touch. All other shooters had been practising for a long time. I wasn’t able to train. But I’m happy that I could catch up with them,” Rashid added.
In the women’s final, Sarah Gholum Mohammed beat Ameena Al Mansouri 46-41 to clinch gold. Hanan Haji (41) won bronze.