Muscat: The fifth Oman Para Athletics Championship, organised by Oman Paralympic Committee (OPC), concluded at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday. As many as 240 para athletes took part in the championship, including participants from Gulf, Arab and foreign countries.
Oman’s heroes showed top performances as they managed to grab many medals. Sara al Anbouri clinched gold medal in the women’s shot put competitions for classes: F13, 37 and 40. She cleared 4.41 metres to finish first while her competitor Khadija al Suwaidi from UAE ended in second position by clearing 5.46 metres. Oman’s Marjana Salim bagged the bronze medal.
In the men’s shot put competitions for classes: F54,56 and 57, Oman’s Talib al Balushi claimed the bronze medal as he managed to clear 7 metres in his category. Gold medal went to UAE athlete Abdullah Mesbahi who registered an international record through 7 meters in his class.
UAE’s athletes continued their domination as UAE’s Rashid Zayoodi captured gold in the javelin competition after throwing 18.89 metres.
Saudi’s Abdullah al Rishan came in second position with 16.56 metres.
Oman’s Sultan al Sinani took the first place and gold medal in class 34 of javelin competition as he recorded 16.99 metres. In the same competition for class 54 and 33, Oman’s Fawazi al Habshi bagged a silver medal after he registered 20.04 metres.
In the discus throw for class 20, 37 and 41, Oman’s Abdullah al Raisi got the silver medal as he cleared 15.5 metres while the gold medal went to Saudi’s Younis Subhi after he cleared 24.14 metres.
Oman’s para sprinter star Qusai al Rawahi clinched the gold medal in the men’s 100 metres as he covered the distance within a timing of 12.19 seconds while Saqar al Qasmi from UAE came in second position in 13.28 seconds.
In the men’s 200 metres for classes of 13, 47, 36 and 11, Saif al Maqbali from Oman captured the gold medal after he completed the distance in 25.32 seconds while Saudi’s Ali al Obaid got silver with a timing of 32.19 seconds.
In the long jump competitions for classes of 12, 36, 38 and 46, Omani star Taha al Harrasi earned top place and the gold medal as he registered an international qualification record with 5.68 metres. Tunisia’s Mohammed Farhat claimed the silver with another record in his category.
During the concluding ceremony, the top three athletes in different categories received medals from the top officials.