Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affair, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and Bahrain Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa praised the UAE riders for sweeping the podium of the Chantilly Endurance Race in France.
The 120km prestigious race, which was held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team, featured a broad pool of 100 elite participants from both genders, representing 21 countries from around the world, including Bahrain and the UAE.
The UAE’s Saeed Salim won the race in 5 hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds, nearly one minute ahead of second-placed compatriot Saeed Ahmed Al Harbi (5:16.01).
Salim Hamad Al Katbi came third in 5:31.04 hours to complete the UAE sweep.
Elizabeth Hardy of Belgium finished fourth after crossing the finish line in 5 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds.
Shaikh Nasser expressed his utmost happiness at the performances displayed during the race as well as the wide participation from various studs from all over the world.
He said that Bahrain Royal Endurance Team have achieved many objectives set out for participating in the event ahead of the prestigious World Championship which will take place in Italy in September.
Shaikh Nasser is confident the team are now ready for the upcoming big tournament, although there will still be some weaknesses that need to be addressed.
“Chantilly Endurance Race is one of the leading endurance races and it always features stiff competition among all the participants,” Shaikh Nasser said.
“We are happy with the level of the displays showcased by all the participants in this race.”
He also praised the efforts of the Bahraini participants in the race as well as the team’s technical and administrative personnel.
“The challenge in the event was high and it only confirms the outstanding level of development in the performances of the UAE’s and Bahrain’s participants,” Shaikh Nasser said.
“Bahrain Royal Endurance Team members gave their all in the race and we are happy with their results given the fact that we are here to prepare for the World Championship,” Shaikh Nasser said.
He praised Bahrain’s Dana Albinghadeer’s sixth-place finish in the race.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team came in the 13th position, while his teammates Rashid Jamal and Jaffar Mirza finished in the 15th and 17th positions, respectively.