Monday, March 23, 2009

Qatar: Al Shaqab team sweep medals



Gulf-times.com

Doha: The Al Shaqab Endurance Team dominated the HH Emir Endurance Cup at the Qatar Endurance Village in Mesaeed on Saturday. The team won the gold, silver and bronze medals in the junior and senior race.

Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation, had 12 of their 19 riders finish in their respective races, which is an incredibly high completion percentage for a team.
In the Senior race, which is 120 km long and had 34 competitors, Al Shaqab rider Mohammed Tahous Saif al-Nuaimi received the gold medal with a total time of 5:26:01 on his horse In Situ. Just three seconds behind him, Al Shaqab rider Essa Mohammed al-Sulaiti upon Hidalgo crossed the finish line for the silver medal. The two riders finished with the same average speed of 22.08 km/h for the entire race. Capturing the Bronze medal for Al Shaqab, Jassim Mohammed Ali al-Meadadi and horse Epson De Labruskaie finished the 120 km in 5:42:42.

Also finishing in the standings in the senior race for Al Shaqab, Khalid Yousef A al-Malki, Atta Mohammed Beer, Mohammed Sanad al-Nuaimi and Hanut Singh Pabu Singh placed 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th respectively.

The winning streak continued for the Al Shaqab team in the Junior race of 100km, which had a total of 45 entries. Hassan Tahous Saif al-Nuaimi secured the gold medal aboard First Star in 4:27:31. Al Shaqab’s second through fifth place finishes were an exciting race to the end with only five seconds separating all four riders, all with the same average speed of 22.4 km/hr for the race. Salem Rashid Mohammed al-Marri grabbed the silver medal on mount Lysa De Lap with a time of 4:27:48.

Abdulla Towaim Ali al-Marri came in two seconds later to win the bronze medal on Sanniesguns Sadan. Naif Rashid Ali Ibrahim was fourth place on Petite just one second behind his bronze placing teammate. Fifth place was won by Al Shaqab rider Khalid Mohammed Abdulla al-Emadi on Lasan in 4:27:53.

Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation, is headed by general supervisor Owaida al-Hajeri, manager and trainer Hadi Nasser al-Ramzani and assistant trainer Jabr Nasser al-Ramzani. The team will compete next at the National Endurance Ride in Mesaeed, Qatar on April 24.

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