5/24/2017 8:03:50 AM

MAGOUR MAGIC

MAGOUR MAGIC

AHMED Bedir Magour bagged the second gold medal for Qatar, in javelin throw, at the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, which concluded in Baku, Azerbaijan, last Monday.

Qatar, who fielded a 75-member team at the Games, finished their campaign with 12 medals — two gold, three silver and seven bronze medals.

Mahamat Hamdi (men’s high jump) and men’s 3x3 basketball team bagged silver medals to add to Qatar’s tally while Ashraf Amjad (hammer throw), Li Ping (table tennis) and Mubarak  Shanan (tennis) won a bronze each last week.

Twenty-one-year-old Magour, who became the first-ever Qatari javelin thrower to compete in an Olympics when he tried his luck at last year’s Rio Games, won with a performance of 83.45M. Uzbekistan’s Ivan Zaytsev (78.66) won silver and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (76.33) bronze.

Hamdi came up with his season-best show (2.26M), but had to settle for silver behind Syria’s Majid Ghazal (2.28M).

The men’s 3x3 basketballers, who were the title favourites, lost 9-13 to Azerbaijan in the final.

Ashraf hurled the iron ball to a distance of 73.17M to finish behind Turkish duo of Esref Apak (74.32) and Ozkan Baltaci (74.13).

Zayid started off brilliantly in tennis bronze-medal match and took the first set 6-0 against Morocco’s Amine Ahouda, who conceded the second at 0-0.

Li defeated Turkey’s Ahmet Li 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 11- 7 in 29 minutes in table tennis third-place match. 

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