Qatari shooter bags Rio ticket

 03 Feb 2016 - 0:00

Qatari shooter bags Rio ticket

By Armstrong Vas

Doha: Qatari shooter Rashid Hamad yesterday earned a ticket to the Rio Olympic Games while 2012 Games bronze medallist Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah failed to clear the mark.

Hamad and Al Attiyah were taking part in the Asian Shooting Championship in New Delhi.

Hamad finished fifth in the men’s skeet competition but importantly clinched one of the four Olympic quotas up for grabs at the event which also served as Olympic qualifying competition for shooters from Asian countries.

The 28-year-old, who trains with Viktor Karasov, the Russian coach of the Qatar team, came out flying in the qualifying rounds, finishing second to eventual winner Saif Bin Futtais of the UAE but could not sustain the same level of accuracy in the final rounds.

Rashid shot 122 targets out of the 125 while Saif one target more in the two-day qualifying rounds.

In the semi-finals, Hamad, shot down 14 targets, out of the 16, but could not make it the medal stage of the competition, but it was enough for him to clinch the Olympic quota.

Independent shooter Abdullah Alrashidi knocked down 12, to finish sixth and bag the fourth quota from the skeet event.

In the gold medal match, Saif bested Saud Habib, who missed his very last target and finished in second place with the final score of 13 to
12 hits.

Despite the defeat, and thanks to the Olympic quota place earned by Saif during last year’s World Cup, Saud consoled himself with the first of the four Olympic slots up for grabs in this event.

Two more shooters from the UAE battled for the third step on the podium and for the second quota for Rio 2016 in the Bronze medal match, where Saeed Almaktoum beat his team-mate Mohamed Ahmad with the final score of 15 to 14 hits.

It will be the second time Hamad will be representing Qatar at the Olympic Games.

Hamad first represented Qatar at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he competed in the men's skeet shooting, along with five-time Olympian Al Attiyah.

Earlier, Al Attiyah, who is targeting a sixth Olympic appearance, failed to the make it to the next round after finishing in 12th place in the qualifying rounds

Al Attiyah has represented Qatar the last five Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.

At the last Games, he was one of the two Qatari athletes to win bronze medals at the London Games.

High jumper Mutaz Barsim was the other one to bag a bronze for Qatar at the 2012 London Games.

The Peninsula