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GCC Games: Qatar win 3 gold, one silver on opening day in Kuwait

 Team Qatar athletes got off to a fine start at the Third GCC Games in Kuwait  by winning three gold medals and a silver on the opening day.


While Qatar’s Asian Games silver medallist Tosin Ogunode stormed to victory in the men’s 100m dash in 10.05secs, Qatar’s Ammar Ibrahim topped the men’s 400m final in 45.76secs.


Ogunode, the younger brother of the four-time Asian Games gold winner Femi, finished his race with a clear lead ahead of silver winner - Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Abkar who clocked a time of 10.21 secs.


Oman's Barakat Al Harthi won the bronze in 10.30 secs.


Earlier Qatar’s first gold medal came through Samar Mansouri who cleared the bar at 3.40m in women’s pole vault which made debut at the GCC Games.


Qatar's fourth medal came which Saeed Al Absi finished second in the men’s 110m hurdles. Al Absi clocked 14.08 secs while Kuwait’s Yaqoub Al Youha claimed gold finishing in 13.65secs. Oman’s Khalfan Al Jabri settled for the bronze in 15.04secs.


Almost 1,700 athletes from six GCC nations are competing at the Gulf Games in 16 disciplines including handball, volleyball, basketball, futsal, swimming, athletes, shooting, karate, judo, tennis, cycling, ice-hockey, table tennis, padel and e-sports.


Women are competing for the first time in seven sports, including futsal, e-sports, athletics, cycling, 3x3 basketball, padel and table tennis.


Over 173 team Qatar athletes are participating at the Games in all disciplines except futsal and ice-hockey.


The second day (Tuesday) of the 3rd Gulf Games will begin with shooting competitions at the Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex.


Competitions will start with trap event where shooters will shoot a round of 75 targets, while the 10m air pistol event will be held at 10.30am, and will be followed by the finals.


The finals of the 50m rifle will be held at 2pm.

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