Omani ath­letes gain ex­pe­ri­ence in Buenos Aires

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Ashok Puro­hit


It was only ex­pe­ri­ence that the Omani ath­letes could savour at the third Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina.

With three of the five ath­letes in fray fin­ish­ing their events way down the or­der, it is the ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pet­ing at the top-level that will hope­fully stand them in good stead in the fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

Oman’s first-ever girl swim­mer at the Youth Games, Lara al Yafei, fin­ished last in her heat in the 50m freestyle on Thurs­day, hav­ing suf­fered an in­jury ahead of the event.

Com­pet­ing in the heat No 3, she clocked 29.59s to fin­ish over­all 40th among a to­tal of 54 par­tic­i­pants. Chile’s Ines Marin won the heat in a time of 27.16s. Czech Repub­lic’s Barbora See­manova was the fastest qual­i­fier with a time of 25.44s.

The other Omani swim­mer in fray, Shi­hab Alaa Din Rizq Fayez, who re­cov­ered from a bike crash a few months ago to make it to the Games, ended his cam­paign with a fifth-place in the boy’s 100m freestyle heat with a time of 1m:00.68s. Vir­gin Is­lands’ Ky Od­lum topped the heat in a time of 56.23s. South Korea’s Yooyeon Lee was the fastest qual­i­fier with a time of 50.11s.

Shi­hab was ranked 44th among the 46 par­tic­i­pants.

For Mo­hammed al Suleimani, who was the first Omani to earn a qual­i­fy­ing mark for the YOG in the 2,000m steeplechase, it was a dis­ap­point­ing start as he failed to fin­ish his event (stage one) on Fri­day. He is sched­uled to race in the pen­tathlon and cross coun­try (stage two) on Mon­day.

Oman’s other ath­lete at the YOG, Ali al Balushi, is sched­uled to com­pete in the 200m heats later on Satur­day.

Ear­lier, the Oman con­tin­gent, led by Saada al Is­maili, Oman Olympic Com­mit­tee (OOC) board mem­ber, met Taha al Kishry, the OOC sec­re­tary-gen­eral, at the Games Vil­lage. Kishry also at­tended the IOC Congress held on the side­lines of the YOG as an OOC rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Omani ath­letes and coach­ing staff with Taha al Kishry (cen­tre), the OOC sec­re­tary-gen­eral, in Buenos Aires

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