Sunday, June 27, 2010
BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team claimed an impressive one-two yesterday in the 120-kilometre race in the CERA Endurance Challenge in Dillingen Town, Germany.
Ghazi Al Dosseri led compatriot Yousef Al Taher to the finish. They were separated by just a mere second as the hugely competitive ride came to a dramatic conclusion.
Al Dosseri, riding his horse Ganda Koy, registered a total ride time of six hours 55 minutes 18 seconds for first place. He was trailing Al Taher, riding Kango II, as they neared the end, but then managed to make a strong late push to pass his countryman before crossing the finish.
Both Al Dosseri and Al Taher were also the leaders heading into the fifth and final stage of the event.
Taking third place was Bettina von Ballmoos from Switzerland. Riding Swwann, von Ballmoos took the final podium place alongside the Bahraini victors after completing the event in 7:12:38. Fellow-Swiss Ralph Durler, on Ainhoa Tordidja, came fourth in 7:18:57.
The CERA Endurance Challenge is set to conclude today with the final events followed by the official awards presentation for the winners.
Al Dosseri's victory and Al Taher's runner-up finish added to the joy of another second-placed classification, won by Royal Endurance Team rider Jaffer Mirza in the 160-kim ride held on Friday.
Photos by Osama Mohammed here: