Qatar national swimming team occupied second place in the general stages of the 28th GCC Aquatic Championships, which concluded Sunday at Hamad Aquatics Centre after four days of competitions in swimming, diving and water polo games with the participation of the six GCC countries.
The team won 33 gold, 21 silvers, eight bronze medals as well as the title for best player in all categories at the championships
On the final day of competitions, Qatari swimmers won 6 medals, including two gold medals by Mohammed Mahmoud in the 400m medley and Abdulaziz Al Obaidli in the 200m breaststroke, in addition to four silver medals obtained by Mohammed Mahmoud in the 50m freestyle, Abdulaziz Al Obaidli in the 100m breaststroke. Qatar's team of Youssef Ashraf, Abdulaziz Al Obaidli, Tamim Al Hamayda and Mohammed Mahmoud also won the silver medal in the 4x100m medley, while Qatar consisting of Firas Saeedi, Ali Al Nuaimi, Abdulaziz Al Obaidly and Mohammad Mahmoud won the silver in 4x100m freestyle, bringing the total number of Qatari medals in the general stages to 10 medals (3 golds, 6 silvers and one bronze).
The Kuwaiti team won the title of the general stages after winning 25 medals (14 golds, 5 silvers and 6 bronzes), while the Omani team ranked third after winning seven medals (2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes).
Kuwait also won the water polo title after its draw with the Saudi team 5/5 at the end of the competitions today.
The Saudi team ranked second, while Qatar ranked third.
President of Qatar Swimming Association Khalil Al Jaber expressed his happiness with the great success achieved by the 28th edition of the GCC Aquatic Championships, which concluded today in Doha.
Al Jaber said that the championship witnessed good technical levels in the three sports - swimming, diving and water polo, noting that the greatest success is the return of the Gulf championships after the competitions stopped for nearly two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to the participation of all six GCC countries in this tournament edition.
The President of Qatar Swimming Association praised the results achieved by the Qatari swimmers in the tournament and said that the Qatari team continued its domination of the Gulf title at the level of the age groups after winning 30 gold medals for the first time in the history of its participation in the Gulf championship, in addition to maintaining the second place in the general stages, despite the small number of swimmers. He noted that these results reflect the development of the Qatari swimmers' levels, thanks to the great efforts made by them, the administrative and technical bodies, and the work carried out by the Board of Directors of the Qatar Swimming Association.
Al Jaber extended thanks and appreciation to all committees working in the championship for their great efforts in order to bring out the tournament in the best possible way; considering the praise by the participating delegations of the organizational aspects as a new testimony of the excellence of Qatar's organization of all sporting events and tournaments held in Doha, the capital of world sports.
For his part, Qatari swimmer Abdulaziz Al Obaidli expressed delight with winning the gold in the 200m breaststroke, noting that this medal is his first gold medal at the level of the general stages, which will give him the motivation to achieve more medals in the future.
Al Obaidli stressed that winning second place in the general stages after being crowned with the title of the age group is an achievement that confirms the strong Qatari presence in the Gulf championships.