UAE's Al Kaabi wins gold medal of Cyprus Grand Prix in Double Skeet Shooting

UAE's Al Kaabi wins gold medal of Cyprus Grand Prix in Double Skeet Shooting
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Published February 10th, 2017 - 15:01 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Al Kaabi with the trophy on the podium (Photo: Khaleej Times)
Al Kaabi with the trophy on the podium (Photo: Khaleej Times)

UAE's national team and Elite Club shooter Khaled Al Kaabi has clinched the Gold Medal of Cyprus Grand Prix in the Double Skeet Shooting, having beaten the Russian veteran Musin Vasila, who boasts of a great record in the game.

Al Kaabi, who is seeded 7th in the Olympic Ranking, won the title in style having shot 134 skeets over the five stages of the competition to qualify for the finals as part of five shooters from Russia, Scotland, Italy, Finland and the UAE. The European athletes exited the contests one after another, and in the final showdown with the Russian competitor, the Emirate shooter prevailed by three skeets.

The championship, which ends on Feb 13th featuring the participation of 504 shooters competing in three categories (Trap, Double Trap and Skeets), witnessed the implementation of a new system in the final round as well as a new procedure for computing the first three positions.

Al Kaabi offered deep thanks and appreciations to HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), for the close follow-up and providing all resources for Emiratis athletes to make their way to the podiums and hoist the national flag in mega international & continental events. "It doesn’t go without saying that the affiliation to the Elites Club has boosted the chances of winning more accolades in the name of the UAE," said Al Kaabi.

"I dedicate this achievement to the UAE leadership and people and I always hope to be able to represent the nation in a decent manner and raise its profile worldwide. It is a great noble mission and a huge motivation for us; given the unlimited support of our leadership, which is keen on providing everything needed for the success and excellence of citizens.

Meanwhile, Saif bin Futtais is gearing for participation in the Skeet Shooting events on Feb 12 & 13.

Dawood Al Hajri, Assistant Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee, praised the golden achievement of Al Kaabi who translated into reality the huge efforts and preparations for Reo Olympics along with his high Olympic ranking. He continued to excel in all events culminating in results capable of elevating our overall sports drive.

"We are thrilled by this excellent achievement of the UAE sport, and I thank HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for patronising elite athletes in shooting and cycling. I would also wish to avail this opportunity to congratulate our cyclist Yousef Mirza on scooping the Bronze Medal in the Asian Track Cycling Championships (120 Track Circles); which is one of the toughest competitions of the Championships. We have another chance for a new potential achievement of the UAE Sport resting on our shooter Saif bin Futtais in Skeet Shooting who is right on track for achieving that honour," added Al Hajri.

© Copyright 2017 Emirates News Agency (WAM)

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