Muscat, oct 7 – Oman’s Shabib al Balushi retained the Elite category title in the Opal Mountain Bike Cross Country Race held in Rusayl on Saturday. Shabib bagged the first place with a timing of 1 hour 24 minutes and 54 seconds. Shabib’s countryman Hatem Hamdan al Bushari bagged the second place with a timing of 1.25.36 seconds while Great Britain’s Joe Bunn settled for the third spot with a timing of 1.26.34s. In the female category, Lebanon’s Marwa El Hag took the first place with a timing of 2.01.17 seconds while Anna Weld of Great Britain finished second with a timing of 2.12.34s. American Sara Oakes was third with a timing of 2.14.04s.
Elite Category: Shabib al Balushi (Oma) 1.24.54,1; Hatem Hamdan al Bushari (Oma) 1.25.36, 2; Joe Bunn (Gbr) 1.26.34, 3. Master Category: Steven Ross (Gbr) 1.26.23,1; Steven Gelacio (Phi) 1.43.11, 2; Hamed al Wadhahi (Oma) 1.38.48, 3. Junior Category: Omar al Zadjali (Oma) 1.34.12,1; Munther al Hasani (Oma) 1.34.43, 2; Abdulaziz al Manthari (Oma) 1.42.05, 3. Females Category: Marwa El Hag (Leb) 2:01.17,1; Anna Weld (Gbr) 2.12.34, 2; Sara Oakes (USA) 2.14.04, 3.