Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bahrain: Shaikha Najla finishes 8th

Gulf Daily News
BAHRAIN's top female rider Shaikha Najla bint Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa clinched an eighth-place finish at the French Combian Endurance Race near Paris. Shaikha Najla, who took part in the Watford Race last month in the UK, competed in this 119-km race with top riders from Europe such as Jack Peugeot and Fillip Tuma, and managed to complete the event among the top 10. The young Bahraini rider said she was pleased over her performance and result at the race during which more than 100 riders were in the fray.

"The race was very important for me to gain more experience and confidence ahead of the new season which starts after the summer break," said Shaikha Najla.

"I encountered some hard times during the race due to the tough surface and the stiff competition among most of the participants who are well experienced. I am really looking forward to take part in further races in the near future," she said.

Shaikha Najla was accompanied by her father Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saqer Al Khalifa and other delegation officials.

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