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Al Qasmi wins gold for Bahrain.

BAHRAIN's Maryam Al Qasmi yesterday took the table tennis singles title at the Third GCC Women's Games, being held in Bahrain.

The table tennis tournament concluded last night in thrilling fashion with Al Qasmi giving Bahrain its maiden medal at the Games.

Al Qasmi, the former GCC champion, was crowned champion after a comprehensive 3-0 (11-2, 11-7, 11-9) win over Qatar's ace Aya Majdi in an exciting final at the Bahrain Table Tennis Association (BTTA) Gym in Riffa.

It was a sweet victory for Al Qasmi, who made up for Bahrain's disappointing third-place finish in the team event, and spoiled Qatar's bid for a team-singles double.

Kuwait's rising table tennis player Fajer Mohammed and Qatari Maha Abdulredha, the semi-finals losers, shared third place award and the bronze medal.

Bahrain could have won their second gold medal of the day later on, only to lose to Kuwaitis in the doubles final.

The Kuwaitis proved the stronger side as they won their first gold medal through Manwa Al Shammiri and Maryam Sulaiman, edging past Bahrain's Al Qasmi and Kaltham Elyasi 3-1 (11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9) in a well-battled title decider.

Third place was shared by Bahrain's other pair of Fatma Al Hayki/Nadine Adel and Qatari Aya Majdi and Maha Abdulreda.

Winners were honoured by BTTA honorary president Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, in the presence of BTTA president Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Bahrain Olympic Committee general secretary Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa and other officials.

Elsewhere, Bahrain had winning starts in the volleyball and basketball tournaments. The nationals beat Qatar 3-0 at the Bahrain Volleyball Association Gym in Riffa. Set scores were (25-18, 25-15, 25-18).

Bahrain, who had rested on the first day of the volleyball event on Tuesday, entered yesterday's opener seeking full points against the Qataris, who went down for the second time in a row after a straight defeat to Oman.

Abduljalil Al Aradi, the national coach for Bahrain, introduced his main players right from the start. Hajer Al Ansari, Hessa Al Isa, Marwa Shamsan, Najla Turab, Ghada Marhoon, Faraj Juma and libero Fayza Sayyar spearheaded the home side to a deserved victory.

In another match, Kuwait overcame their defeat to title holders the UAE in their opener to beat Oman 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 17-25, 24-26, 15-12), who suffered their first defeat in this five-team round robin event.

In the five-team round robin basketball tournament, which got underway yesterday at the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation Gym in Riffa, Bahrain put on a dominant show as they eased to a 58-45 win over the UAE. Skipper Hanin Abdulaziz led Bahrain to victory to share the lead with defending champions Qatar, who trounced Kuwait 82-55.

Basketball action continues today with Oman taking on Bahrain in the first match at 4pm. It will be followed by Qatar vs UAE clash at 6pm.

The Khalifa Sports City's track will host today the first day of athletics, featuring six different contests finals.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Mar 7, 2013
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