GCC Games: Qatari judokas win two silver medals as volleyball team sets record

Team Qatar’s judokas wrapped up their impressive performance at the third GCC Games, claiming two silver medals as Al Annabi’s volleyball team set a record with perfect performance in Kuwait, yesterday. 

Mohamed Rebahi clinched yesterday’s first silver for Qatar after reaching the men’s 81kg final, where he lost to Bahrain’s Askerbii Gerbekov at Sheikh Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah Hall. Khalil Rebahi secured second silver of the day for Qatar in the men’s 90kg category after he was beaten by UAE’s Nugzari Tatalashvili in the final. 

Also yesterday, Qatar volleyball team set a new GCC record by earning their fourth consecutive victory with a 3-0 margin. Yesterday, they defeated Bahrain 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 to get closer to title.Qatar, who also blanked Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia with same score-lines, lead the contest with 12 points followed by Bahrain, who have nine points from three victories from four matches. 

Al Annabi will meet the UAE in their last match today and a win will ensure a gold medal for the side. Bahrain will play Kuwait in their final match.    

Praising team’s phenomenal performance, Qatar Volleyball Association President Ali bin Ghanem Al Kuwari said: “All the players are working hard and their performance is commendable. Bahrain are a good side and it was an impressive win against them. The team is showing great performance as winning four consecutive matches without dropping a single game in the event is a record,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Qatar's tennis players Rashid Nawaf and Mubarak Shannan reached the final of men’s doubles after beating Saudi Arabia’s duo of Omar Ahmad and Abdullah Al Faraj 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals.   

Nawaf will also play against Saudi Arabia's Saud Al Hogbani for a bronze medal in men's singles after he lost to Essa Qabazard of Kuwait 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

In table tennis, Qatari pair of Ahmad Al Mohannadi and Mohammed A Hussein advanced to the semi-finals of men's doubles after outwitting Saudi Arabia's Abdulaziz Al Abbad and Khalid Al Shareif 3-1 with a 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 score-line. The Qatari pair will meet Kuwait's Ibrahem Al Hasan and Marzooq Al Rashidi in the semi-final today. 

Meanwhile, Qatar got off to a flying start in handball as they outclassed Saudi Arabia 33-20 after a dominant performance. Al Annabi will meet UAE in their second match today.  

Qatar, who have won 12 gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze medals, slipped to fourth on the table, led by Kuwait with 25 gold, 21 silver and 25 bronze medals. Bahrain are second with 55 medals including 20 gold followed by the UAE, who have clinched 16 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze medals.

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