UAE athletes return home richer with 25-medal haul

Over 4,500 athletes, technical support members and officials took part in the 23-discipline event in the north western port city in South Korea, the venue to the recent 17th Asian Games.

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Published: Sat 25 Oct 2014, 2:12 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:31 PM

Dubai: The UAE contingent which clinched 25 medals including 4 golds, 12 silvers and 9 bronzes at the week-long 2nd Asian Para Games in Incheon for physically challenged athletes, returned during early hours on Friday.

The team, buoyant after their highly successful trip to the north east of Asia, were given a warm welcome at Abu Dhabi airport.

They won golds in team shooting, athletics, archery and powerlifting, apart from the silvers and bronzes in the six other disciplines the UAE took part in.

Over 4,500 athletes, technical support members and officials took part in the 23-discipline event in the north western port city in South Korea, the venue to the recent 17th Asian Games.

The UAE’s Mohammed Qaid got the steam going with a superb 100 metres men’s wheelchair sprint for the gold. Paralympian gold medallist in 2004 at the Athens event, Mohammed Khamis, won gold with a 232kg (total) lift in powerlifting.

Ace 50m men’s rifle shooting star Sultan Al Aryani powered the UAE to the team gold, and later a silver, in the individual category. The other prominent UAE medal winning performances came from Mohammed Al Kaabi (silver in discus), Mohammed Mesbahi (silver in javelin), veteran allround thrower Mary Matrooshi (two silvers and one bronze), and powerlifters Haifa Naqbi (bronze in in the 90kg weight section) and A. Naimi (bronze in the 52kg open weight category). Also in line for honours on the podium were Ahmed Al Hosni (silver in his discus category), Aisha Al Khalidi (2 silvers and a bronze in women’s category discus), M. Alzaabi (bronze in discus), Abdulaziz Shukaily (silver in shot put), M. Alaleih (bronze in shot put), Nora Ketbi (silver in javelin), Mohammed Al Habsi (fencing), Abdulla Saif Al Aryani (archery), and Rashidi after a creditable bronze medal throw in a javelin category event.

Mohamed Mohamed Fadel Hamli, president, UAE Disabled Sports Federation and member of the International Paralympic Committee, said: “The 25-medal performance is a superb show by our athletes. The next phase in our training will be for the major meets before the Rio Paralympics in 2016.”

moni@khaleejtimes.com with inputs from the official UAE team media



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