BAHRAIN won two silver medals last night on the second day of action in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha.
After opening the competition with a spectacular seven medals on day one, including four gold, the Bahraini contingent had a more modest showing yesterday as the battles intensified both on the track and in the field at Khalifa International Stadium at the Qatari capital.
Aminat Yusuf Jamal and Abbas Abubaker were Bahrain’s two silver medallists.
Both had a chance to take home a pair of gold medals, but they were narrowly beaten in their respective finals.
Jamal clinched her silver in the women’s 400m hurdles final, where she finished in a time of 56.39s. Vietnam’s Thi Lan Quach was the gold medallist in 56.10s.
Abubaker, on the other hand, won his silver in the men’s 400m, where he clocked a new personal best time of 45.14s. He was beaten by Kuwaiti Yousef Karam, who had a 44.84s winning mark.
With the two silver medals, Bahrain’s national team in Doha brought their overall tally to nine medals after two days of events, including four gold and five silver medals.
A few other Bahraini athletes were contending for medals yesterday but could not claim a podium place following hotly contested finals.
Sprinter Andrew Fisher just missed out on a bronze. He was classified fourth overall in the men’s 100m final with a finishing time of 10.20s.
In the men’s shot put final, Abdulrahman Mahmood set a new National Record and personal best of 18.68 metres en route to claiming fifth place overall.
In the women’s 800m final, Marta Hirpato was also fifth with a time of two minutes 07.59 seconds.
In the women’s 100m final, Iman Jassim was classified sixth overall in a time of 11.55s.
Bahrain’s athletes are in action again today on the penultimate day of competition and will be looking to add to their already impressive medal haul.