19 May 2017 - 23:28

Baku Games: Qatar's Bader wins gold in javelin

By Armstrong Vas / The Peninsula

Qatar won one gold, silver and bronze each at the Islamic Solidarity games in Baku to take their medals tally to double digits.
Yesterday, Magour Ahmed Bader won gold in the Javelin throw while the silver went to Zaytsev Ivan of Uzbekistan and Pakistan’s Nadeem Arshad took the bronze.
In the men’s high jump, Hamdi Mahamat Allamine took the second place while Syria’s Ghazal Majd Eddin Syr bagged the gold followed by Ghanbar Zadeh Keyvan of Iran.
The third medal of the day came in table tennis with Li Ping clinching the bronze.
With yesterday’s three medals Qatar took their medal count to ten.
Earlier, Ashraf Amgad Elseify won men’s hammer throw bronze.
The 22-year-old athlete, the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships gold medallist, threw 73.17m to finish third.
It was a Turkish delight in the hammer throw final as Esref Apak clinched gold by the tiniest of margins from compatriot Ozkan Baltaci.
Apak fouled on his opening three efforts before he landed a season’s best 74.32m on his fourth attempt to win the gold. Baltaci was an agonising 19 centimetres short as he settled for silver in a Turkish one-two.
Another Qatari in the final, Ahmed Elseify, finished seventh with a 66.28m effort.
Qatar major share of medals have come from shooting, Ahmad Zayed Al Shammari gave winning the 25m Standard Pistol Men’s while Kholoud Hassan Al Khalaf and Mohammed Khejaim combined to win the bronze medal in the Mixed Trap.
Azerbaijan are leading the medals tally followed by Turkey while Iran and Uzbekistan are close on heels of the top-two.
A total of 300 competitors, representing 27 countries, battled for honours in 15 Olympic and three non-Olympic events at the 11-day event.