Al Ham­madi tar­gets golden fin­ish at para cham­pi­onships

The National - News - - SPORT - AMITH PASSELA

Mo­hamed Al Ham­madi hopes to call him­self a world and Par­a­lympic cham­pion at the end of the World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships as he bids for glory in his favourite event.

On Fri­day the Emi­rati will race in the Men’s 800m T34 look­ing to add to his two medals al­ready se­cured at the cham­pi­onships be­ing held in Dubai after win­ning sil­ver in the 400m be­fore adding a bronze in the 100m T34 event.

Al Ham­madi clocked a time of 15.93 se­conds in the 100m T34 to fin­ish on the podium be­hind Tu­nisia’s mul­ti­ple Par­a­lympic medal win­ner Walid Ktila (14.99) and Aus­tralian Rheed Mc­Cracken (15.51) at the Dubai Club for Peo­ple of De­ter­mi­na­tion Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Al Ham­madi, 34, said that fin­ish­ing third in the 100m “came as a sur­prise” and he hopes to repli­cate his suc­cess at the 2016 Rio Games by win­ning the 800m fi­nal, al­though he in­sists he is tak­ing noth­ing for granted with such a strong field.

“I am very happy with the sec­ond medal and I now want to achieve a golden fin­ish for the UAE on Fri­day,” said Al Ham­madi, a sil­ver and bronze medal­list at 2012 Lon­don Games. “I have a gold over this dis­tance [800m] at Rio 2016 and this is my strong­est event.

“Hav­ing said that, I don’t want to take any­thing for granted. It is go­ing to be a strong race as ev­ery­body is here to win. I feel con­fi­dent, es­pe­cially after the sec­ond medal, but it’s still a race and you start from scratch.”

The top four places in each dis­ci­pline at the World Para

Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship re­ceive au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2020 Par­a­lympics. Al Ham­madi has al­ready booked his ticket in the 100m T34 but the 400m event is not in­cluded for Tokyo. “After this, there’s not much time be­fore the Par­a­lympic Games. So, it is a mat­ter of tak­ing the mo­men­tum to Tokyo in Au­gust.”

Mean­while, Noura Al Ketbi fell out of the medal round in the women’s shot putt F32.

How­ever, Al Ketbi booked her ticket to Tokyo 2020 for her fourth place fin­ish with a throw of six me­tres.

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