Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bahrain: Shaikh Nasser finishes second in Grand Prix

Gulf Daily News

BAHRAIN Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa claimed second place overall in the 120-kilometre Endurance Horseride Grand Prix which concluded yesterday at the Dubai International Endurance City in Seih Assalem.

Riding Omsura Nasrohn, Shaikh Nasser completed yesterday's third and final leg of the series in sixth place among more than 40 riders.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice-president, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, won the race with a time of four hours, 52 minutes and 31 seconds with an impressive average speed of 24.61 kms per hour to claim the overall title.

Shaikh Hamdan, son of Shaikh Mohammed, took second place in 4:52:32 which gave him an overall joint third position with compatriot Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Mubarak Al Beloushi (5:01:06) was third in yesterday's race, followed by UAE's Buti Al Mirri (5:02:00) and Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (5:04:50) in fourth and fifth places. Shaikh Nasser came in sixth in 5:09:38.

Victory

Shaikh Nasser, the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president, needed a victory in yesterday's race in order to clinch the overall title which was eventually won by Shaikh Mohammed who steered Tahhan to a fine win.

Shaikh Nasser went into this race in third spot with 140 points, just 10 behind joint leaders Shaikh Mohammed and compatriot Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Bahrain's Shaikh Salman bin Saqer Al Khalifa was excluded during the first stage. Ghazi Al Dossary, Bahrain's third rider in the race, finished eighth overall in 5:39:47.

Shaikh Mohammed staged a spirited performance in the last three stages to bag the overall title.

An awarding ceremony was held after the race and was attended by His Majesty King Hamad who presented trophies to the top three riders.

His Majesty congratulated Shaikh Mohammed, Shaikh Nasser and the other riders on their performance and , hailed the high level of competition.

Shaikh Nasser was also congratulated by General Organisation for Youth and Sports president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and other senior Bahraini sports officials right after the race.

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