Swimming

Team Qatar win age groups title at GCC Aquatics Championships

Qatar's national swimming team claimed the title of age groups competitions at the 28th GCC Aquatics Championships to be concluded at Hamad Aquatic Centre on Sunday.

Team Qatar swimmers claimed 24 medals on the second day including 12 gold medals, 10 silver medals and two bronze medals taking their tally of medals to 52 including 30 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait finished second and third respectively. Bahrain UAE and Oman were the other teams in the competition.

Qatari swimmers also emerged on top in all three age categories. While Ziad Morsi (three gold two silver) was the best in the 11-12 years category, Abdullah Al Ghemri (13-14 years) was unstoppable in all six races he took part in.

Omar Ashraf, who set a Gulf record on the opening day, took home five gold and a silver in the 15-17 years group.

The Qatar Swimming Association president Khaleel Al Jabir was thrilled with the overwhelming display of strength.

“This is the first time in the competition’s 28 editions that a country is winning 30 gold medals. We left everyone far behind, and it shows the strength of our programme. I congratulate the boys on a job well done, and we’ll strive to make them more competitive at higher levels,” said Al Jabir.

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