Al Dayani sparkles as Qatar win senior crown

 04 Sep 2016 - 0:00

Al Dayani sparkles as Qatar win senior crown
Dr. Abdulhameed Al Masoud, President of the GCC Gymnastics Preventative Committee (left) and Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi, President of Qatar Gymnastics Federation (second from left) presenting the winners’ trophy to senior champions, Qatar team during the 12th GCC Gymnastic Championship 2016 which concluded at the Al Khawla bint Al Azwar Indoor Hall yesterday.Pictures by Kammutty VP/The Peninsula


DOHA: Qatar international Ahmed Al Dayani claimed six gold medals and a bronze as the hosts claimed the senior title at the 12th GCC Gymnastics Championship at the Al Khawla bint Al Azwar Indoor Hall yesterday.
In total, the hosts claimed seven gold and as many silver and one bronze on the final day, adding to their U-17 title which they had won on the penultimate day.
Al Dayani, one of the star performers, was confidence personified in all the six events. It was a one-man show as he romped home with incredible performances in all-around, floor, rings, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.
“The performance will boost my confidence. It’s one of my best shows in my career,” said the former Aspire Academy graduate, who won a bronze in vault, which was won by Saudi Arabia’s Jaafar Al Sayegh while Nasser Al Hamad of the hosts finished second.
“Qatar had an incredible tournament. It shows the sport is moving at the right direction. I thank the Qatar Gymnastics Federation for the great support,” he added.
At the Ninth Artistic World Challenge Cup in March, the 23-year-old displayed excellent skills en route to the final in pommel horse where he accumulated 14.600 points to qualify from a star-studded line-up, which itself was a commendable effort.
“I think I’ll have to work a lot more on my confidence and movements. I’ll try to improve,” said Al Dayani, who joined ASPIRE Academy in 2006.
Qatar’s silver winners were Mahmoud Al Saadi (rings, all-around and parallel bars), Malek Al Yahri (high bar and pommel horse) and Nasser Al Hamad (vault and floor).


The Peninsula