December 17, 2011, Doha, Qatar~ The CEI 2 *120km Endurance Competition held on Saturday, December 17th, gave the UAE Double Gold. Yousuf Al Beloushi claimed the Individual Gold, arriving first on the Anglo-Arab, Shardell Prince Valiant, in a ride time of 04:40:24 with an average speed of 25.68. Silver went to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, riding Muhannad. The Bronze medal was taken by UAE rider Sultan Al Maamary on Dudleydick, while UAE rider, Ali Ganem Al Merri on EO Rakam, was the fourth rider to finish. Bahrain’s team captain, Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, placed fifth on Picaflor. Two more UAE riders finished in the top ten, giving them a clear Team Gold. Oman produced Team Silver finishing a squad of four: Khatar al Maamari, riding Majan; Ibrahim al Miqbali with Musaiter Muscat; Khalil al Nairi on Bashaer, and Salim al Siyabi, riding Jammar.
Bronze was not awarded. The Qatar and Libya teams both had three riders eliminated, Saudi Arabia had two disqualified, while Bahrain entered one rider and Morocco had one finish the race.
Al Beloushi led the ride with the clear intention to deliver the Gold and defend the medals of Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his teammates in the 2007 Arab Games in Cairo. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was in attendance to watch his son’s performance. The five-phased 120-km championship started 33 riders from six Arab countries.
120km endurance ride results:
Individual: 1 Yousuf Al Beloushi (UAE), 2 Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad (UAE), 3 Saeed Sultan Al Maamary (UAE), 4 Ali Ganem Al Merri (UAE), 5 Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa (Bahrain), 6 Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (UAE), 7 Abdul Rahman Al Sulaiteen (Qatar), 8 Ammar Al Beloushi (Oman), 9 Ahmad Al Beloushi (Oman), 10 Mohammad Ahmad Al Hashim (Saudi Arabia).
Team: 1 UAE, 2 Oman, 3 No bronze medal awarded.
The 12th Edition of the Arab Games in Doha, Qatar, began December 9 and will continue until the 23rd. 11 sports disciplines and 18 gold medals are in the offing while 6,000 athletes are expected to compete in soccer, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, equestrian events and basketball. Initially, all twenty-two nations of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees were scheduled to compete. However, Syria withdrew its team in in protest of the Arab League’s suspension of the country’s membership.
An event official in Qatar told Reuters on Sunday that Syrian athletes would be welcome at the Dec. 9-23 games despite the country’s suspension from the league.