World record for In­dia and two Asian records for China, Kuwait

China, In­dia con­tinue their dom­i­nance at Air­gun Cham­pi­onship

Kuwait Times - - Sports - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s trap shoot­ers Sarah Al-Hawal took the sil­ver medal for the women’s in­di­vid­ual trap event, though she was so close to win gold dur­ing the sixth day of the 8th Asian Shot­gun and 11th Air­gun Cham­pi­onships which wit­nessed a world record for In­dia and two Asian records for China and Kuwait.

Al-Hawal lost a shot-off round to the Chi­nese shooter who placed sec­ond in the 2018 World Cup Xiao­jing Wang with a dif­fer­ence of one tar­get (44 to 45). Mean­while China’s Xin­qiu Zhang won bronze. Kuwait also won the bronze medal of the team’s event with the team of Su­ma­iah Al-Juhail, Sarah and Sha­had AlHawal. Mean­while, China won the gold medal with a new Asian record of 344 hits, and Kaza­khstan won sil­ver. In the in­di­vid­ual ju­nior women trap event China’s Wendi Gao won gold, and her com­pa­triot Yewei Duan won sil­ver while Kaza­khstan’s Sarsankul won bronze. In the team’s event China was first fol­lowed by Kaza­khstan.

China and In­dia con­tin­ued their con­trol over the Air­gun events as China’s Ji­ayu Wu and Ranxin Jian won the gold mixed team medal in the 10m air pis­tol event, fol­lowed by Yi­ayu Wu and Ranxin Jiang won sil­ver and Ting Kuan Kuo from Chi­nese Taipei won bronze. While Kuwait’s Ha­mad AlNamshan and Amira Awadh ended in fifth place. In the 10m mixed ju­nior event In­dia’s Chaud­hary Saurabh and Manu Bhaker won gold fol­lowed by China’s Keyi Wang and Xie Yu. The In­dian team broke the world record by scor­ing 485.4 points while the pre­vi­ous record was 483.

China has won (21 gold, 13 sil­ver and 9 bronze) medals, fol­lowed with In­dia with (5 gold, 5 sil­ver and 2 bronze), Kaza­khstan (2 gold, 4 sil­ver, 4 bronze), Thai­land (2 gold), Kuwait (1 gold, 3 sil­ver and 2 bronze), Sin­ga­pore (4 sil­ver, 3 bronze) Chi­nese Taipie (1 sil­ver, 5 bronze), UAE (1 sil­ver, 1 bronze), Ja­pan, Bahrain and Qatar (1 bronze each).

Kuwait shooter Sarah Al-Hawal said she was happy with the sil­ver medal fol­low­ing the strong com­pe­ti­tion with the Chi­nese shooter, who won gold. Sarah said she was af­fected some­how with the un­sta­ble weather. She thanked all those in­volved in Kuwait shooting who did not spare a thing in or­der to al­low shoot­ers make the best of results.

Spon­sor of al­ter­na­tive medicine fo­rum Sheikha Suhaila Salem Al-Sabah who vis­ited Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Com­plex con­grat­u­lated Sarah Al-Hawal for her achieve­ment as she com­peted with the best shoot­ers of the world.

Sheikha Suhaila thanked the KSSC board for their care of this sport and mak­ing it pos­si­ble for Kuwait shoot­ers to com­pete in all cham­pi­onships.

As­sis­tant Trea­surer at Kuwait Shooting Sport Club Ad­nan Al-Ibrahim said the cham­pi­onship is go­ing as planned tech­ni­cally and ad­min­is­tra­tively. He said ac­tiv­i­ties are pro­ceed­ing as planned and the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee did not re­ceive any com­plaint all along the past days, and this is what we hope for un­til the last day of the cham­pi­onships.

Al-Ibrahim lauded the officiating of the tour­na­ment be­ing led with 24 Kuwaiti ref­er­ees in ad­di­tion to guest ref­er­ees from Asia. Al-Ibrahim spoke about the weather adding that it did not af­fect the tour­na­ment, as ranges of­fi­cials were at the ready and had all ranges pre­pared to start com­pe­ti­tions on time.

Al-Ibrahim lauded the ma­jor sup­port the shooting sport club re­ceives from HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, and ap­pre­ci­ated the co­op­er­a­tion of all con­cerned govern­ment bod­ies to bring out the cham­pi­onship at its best.

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