Oman track coach feels slow start did Barakat in

MUSCAT, August 27 – Oman’s track team coach Hamood al Dahlami felt a slow start was probably the reason for star sprinter Barakat al Harthy’s exit from the 100 metres semifinals. Dahlami was of the opinion that he did not expect Barakat to exit as he was in good shape and confident having timed 9.97 seconds lately. “I feel the reason could be that he started slowly as compared to his opponents. He has been in top form off late with a timing of 9.97 seconds so there was no reason to not qualify. It is disappointing,’’ he added.
However, Dahlami hoped that Mohammad al Saadi, who will compete in the 200 metres, will claim a medal for Oman.
“We hope Mohammad will claim a medal for the Sultanate. Some of the best sprinters in Asia will be in the fray and it will be a tough competition for Mohammad. We are also focusing on our relay team to get a medal. This edition of the Asian Games is different from others as most of the countries are well prepared,’’ Dahlami added.
Mohammad al Saadi and Ammar al Seifi will represent the Sultanate in the 200 metres heats on Tuesday morning. They will compete in the semifinals in the evening if they qualify. The final is scheduled for Wednesday.
Omani sailors had a rest day on Monday and will resume their campaign on Tuesday in the Laser and 49IR categories.
Abdul Malik al Hinai, Waleed al Kindi and Mousab al Hadi will be carrying Oman’s hopes in the sailing event having qualified in the fifth position.
Oman will lock horns with Malaysia today after their 4-0 victory against Kazakhstan. Tahir Zaman’s men are out of contention to qualify for the semifinals and will hope for a consolation victory. Oman have two victories and two defeats from their group stage campaign so far. Victories against Thailand and Kazakhstan and defeats to Bangladesh and Pakistan, the latter being a heavy 10-0 loss.