Muscat: Oman’s athletes captured three medals including one gold, one silver and one bronze on the opening day of the West Asian Athletics Championship which is underway in Doha city, Qatar on Wednesday at the tracks of Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium.
Oman’s women sprinter Mazoon al Alawi won the 100m hurdles race in a time of 14.35 seconds while Iraq’s Kordistan Mu Jamal bagged silver within a timing of 14.38 seconds and bronze medal went to her teammate Dilsooz Obaid Najam who clocked 14.63 sec.
The other bronze medal won by Mazoon was in the 100m race as she finished the race in a timing of 11.8 sec while the gold medal went to Kuwait’s Madhawai al Shammari to emerge the fastest woman of the meet with a timing of 11.3 sec. The silver medal was claimed by Lebanon’s Aziza Sebiti as she clocked 11.6 sec.
Fatik Abdul Ghafoor Bait Jaboob won the silver in high jump when he leapt over the 2.05m bar while Olympic gold medallist Mutaza Barsham from Qatar captured the gold when he cleared the bar by 2.20m while Iraq’s Hussain Falah al Ibrahaimi finished third and claimed bronze after leaping over by the 2.05m bar.
Qatar topped the medals table order of the first day by eight medals including four gold while Kuwait came in second position by five medals including three gold and Bahrain are in third place with two gold medals. Oman are in fifth place after Iraq.
The actions of the fourth edition of the West Asia Athletics Championship for men and women (Qatar 2023) began on Wednesday and will conclude on Saturday. Twelve countries are taking part in the event including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Oman and hosts Qatar.
Khalfan Hamed al Waili, Oman Athletics Association (OAA) board member, is heading the delegation of the Sultanate of Oman. Khalfan presented medals of some championship events to the top winners along with other officials from West Asian Athletics Federation.