By Sports Reporter/Doha
UAE’s Hamad Ahmed al-Kendi claimed the men’s trap title at the Emir Cup Shooting and Archery Championships at the Losail Ranges.
The 2013 Asia champion Kendi, who was participating as a guest, defeated Angelo Roberto Scalzone by five targets to emerge the champion. The bronze medal was claimed by Mohamed al-Rumaihi, who shot 28.
Mohamed Ali Dublan posted 110 to lead the qualifying stage. Nasser al-Humaidi hit 108 as the second best, while Kendi and Scalzone fired 107 each. During the elimination, Saif al-Shamsi was the first to bow out with 17. Dublan was the next to go out as he got only 24. Humaidi hit 24 and was the third shooter to be knocked out.
As the tension mounted, Rumaihi had to be content with the bronze medal and 28 hits, leaving Kendi and Scalzone to fight it out for the gold medal. Scalzone could not sustain and missed shots to manage only 35, while Kendi, who is preparing for the upcoming Cyprus World Cup, collected 40 to emerge the champion.
Nawal Hasan al-Khalaf got the better of Bana Ali Abdulla in a thrilling elimination round to seal the women’s trap title. The gold medal contest pitted the two best qualifiers, topped by Bana Ali with 61. Nawal Hasan had 57. Amna al Abdulla and Khuloud Hasan al-Khalaf shot 51 each, while Noora al-Ali managed 49.
Nawal hit 28 and edged Bana Ali by a shot to cap her comeback in the elimination. Khuloud Hasan got the bronze medal with 21. Noora al-Ali was fourth with 17, while Amna posted only 17.
Husain al-Banani beat Ghanem al-Attiya 73-68 to clinch the Jr Men’s Trap gold medal. Noora al-Muhannadi was the best in the Jr Women’s Trap. Qatar Shooting and Archery Association president Ali Mohamed al-Kuwari and secretary-general Majid al -Nuaimi were present during the prize distributions.
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