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BAHRAIN had a remarkable finish in the athletics championship which is part of the Third GCC Women's Games yesterday on Khalifa Sports City track in Isa Town.

The hosts clinched seven medals on the third and concluding day, taking their tally to 23 medals in total - 11 gold, nine silver and three bronze to emerge overall champions of athletics.

Bahrain's most recent achievement included four gold, two silver and one bronze, won in five different contests.

Jenzeb Shoumi gave Bahrain its first medal of the day by topping the 1,500m in four minutes and 19.11 seconds, finishing ahead of compatriot Mimi Belete (4:19.42) and UAE's Elyah Beltahim who came second and third, respectively.

Then it was Maryam Al Ansari who excelled in high jump, where she grabbed another gold for Bahrain after jumping for one metre and 70cms. Behind her were runner up Maya Mohammed of Kuwait and third-placer Alya Nasser of the UAE.

In the 4x400m, the Bahraini athletes were also dominant, with the quartet team of Hajer Sd, Marwa Salah, Fatma Amer and Fatin Abdulnabi racing to victory. The UAE were second, while Oman finished third.

Bahrain's fourth gold was won by Shitai Ashit, who could finish the 5,000m in 16 minute and 2.90 seconds. Alya Mohammed (16:07.09) of the UAE was second, while Bahraini Karima Saleh (16:09.37) rounded off the podium.

The other events of the day were 200m and javelin throw, which saw athletes from Oman and Qatar grab victories.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa witnessed yesterday's athletics competitions and honoured the winners.

Elsewhere, Bahrain took two gold and two silver medals on the first day of taekwondo, which had four weight categories - under-46kg, under-53kg, under-62kg and under-73kg.

Following the weigh-in session, the qualifying stages and the finals were played as Bahrain's Dina Mahboob topped the under-46kg section with respective wins over Qatari Aisha Al Abdulla (24-3) and Kuwait's Fatma Al Qattan (16-2).

Fajer Ali then gave Bahrain the under-62kg gold medal, finishing ahead of Dana Al Mansoor if Qatar, who came second.

In the under-62kg contest, Oman's Yosra Bint Khamis defeated Bahraini Hanin Al Busta 21-0 to win the competition's gold, while Kuwait's Abrar Mousa took the under-73kg title after defeating her final opponent Jumana Mohammed of Bahraini, who settled for the silver medal.

In volleyball, Bahrain revived their chances for podium finish following a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-15) win over Kuwait. It was the second win for Bahrain, who suffered a shock 1-3 defeat to Oman last Friday.

In another match, the defending champions UAE secured the competition's crown with one round of matches remaining, beating Oman 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-14) for their third straight victory in this five-team round robin event.

Two basketball games also took place yesterday as title holders Qatar inched closer towards the trophy with an easy 76-13 win over Oman at the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation Gym.

Kuwait then edged the UAE 48-38 for their first win in the tournament, while the letter suffered their second defeat in a row.

Four sports events are scheduled for today, the eighth day of the Games, featuring the first day of the bowling championship, taekwondo and athletics for the disabled.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Mar 10, 2013
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