Saturday, November 08, 2008

[WEC Reports] UAE wins team gold in World Endurance Championship

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
Published: November 08, 2008, 11:01

Terengganu, Malaysia: The UAE endurance team won the team gold and an individual bronze to totally dominate the 12th edition of the World Endurance Championship.

After Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, made an unfortunate exit after the third stage as his horse went lame, the remaining five riders led by Shaikh Mayed Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum went on to finish in the top seven, one of the best by any country in the world championships.

While Shaikh Mayed along with Mubarak Khalifa Bin Shafya, Abdullah Thani Bin Huzaim and Mohammad Ahmad Ali Subose displayed excellent team work to outclass their opponents and claim the prestigious team gold, Sultan Bin Sulayem finished ahead of the gold-winning UAE quartet to take the individual bronze.

Dubai-based Spanish rider Maria Alvarez Ponton won the individual gold with Argentina's Augustin Vita taking the silver.

A total of 127 riders from 32 countries took part in the first ever night ride.

Results of the Deyaar-sponsored 160-km FEI World Endurance Championship:

* 1. Maria Alvarez Ponton-Spain- (Nobby) 8hrs 58mins 06 secs
* 2. Augustin Vita-Argentina-(Barakah Ibn Al Tamah) 9:07.55;
* 3. Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem (Tazoul El Parry ) 9:19.31
* 4. Shaikh Mayed Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Spenda Crest Kamouflage) 9:24.42;
* 5. Mohammad Ahmad Ali Subose (Koum Des Jamets) 9:31.38;
* 6. Mubarak Khalifa Bin Shafya (Zakah Zahara) 9:31.39;
* 7. Abdullah Thani Bin Huzaim (Castlebar Kadeen) 9;31.40.

Posted By Steph Teeter to WEC Reports at 11/08/2008 02:05:00 PM

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