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West Asian Athletics: Shitaye and relay teams claim gold

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018
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BAHRAIN added four medals last night, including three gold and one bronze, to their already outstanding medal haul in the third West Asian Athletics Championships, currently being held in Amman, Jordan.

Yesterday’s action brought the national team’s tally to 24 medals following the penultimate day of action in the meet. The winnings now include a total of 13 gold medals, nine silver and two bronze medal after three days of competition.

The Bahrainis continue to occupy first place on the medal table with only today’s final day of action remaining.

Bahrain’s three gold medals won last night were clinched by Shitaye Eshete in the women’s 10,000m, and both the women’s and men’s relay teams in their respective 4x100m races.

The women’s relay squad was led by Salwa Eid Naser, and it also featured Hajar Al Ameeri, Eman Isa and Edidiong Odiong.

The men’s relay team featured Andrew Fisher, Hussain Ashoor, Yaqoob Salem and Saeed Al Ameeri.

The gold medals of Salwa and Hajar were their second of the championships, with Salwa also winning the women’s 400m and Hajar taking the title in the women’s 100m on day two.

Aside from last night’s gold medals, the lone bronze won on day three was claimed by Desi Jisa Mokonin. Desi had finished in third place in the women’s 10,000m behind compatriot and race winner Shitaye.

The championships are now headed to today’s final day and Bahrain are hoping to finish with a flurry.

The Bahrainis are one of 12 national teams competing in Amman. The others are the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Oman and hosts Jordan.

Bahrain boast a total of 36 athletes in various disciplines. There are a total of 26 events for both men and women at these championships.

Bahrain’s elite international athletes are using these West Asian championships not only to achieve glory for Bahrain, but also to help prepare themselves for the upcoming 18th Asian Games taking place next month in Indonesia.

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