Al Rumaihi bounces back to win Olympic quota for Qatar
Trap shooter overcomes poor start to finish fifth on second day; Qatar claim bronze in team event.
There was unbridled joy and plenty of celebrations as an air of festivity enveloped the trap area of the Lusail Shooting Range on Wednesday. Understandably so, for trap shooter Mohammed Al Rumaihi had earned Qatar their first quota place for the 2020 Olympics with a fighting display.
Al Rumaihi finished fifth but with the top three in the final being Kuwaitis and the country eligible for just one more quota from this competition, the next best placed shooters were in line for berths, besides the one for Kuwait.
Talal Al Rashidi, who won the gold, claimed one quota with the other two going to Chinese Taipei’s Yang Kun Pi, who placed fourth, and Al Rumaihi.
Qatar had more joy in store as the trap team, comprising Al Rumaihi, Rashid Al Athba and Saeed Abusharib, won the bronze. They tallied 354 to come behind Kuwait (363) and India (357).
Qatar’s hopes of two quota places were ignited earlier in the qualifying rounds when Rashid Al Athba, who was ninth on Tuesday, shot splendidly to move up on the list. Sadly, he could not make up enough ground and was involved in a shoot-off with Al Rumaihi, allowing only one of them to enter the final. Al Rumaihi prevailed in the shoot-off while Al Athba finished seventh.
It was a superb comeback by Al Rumaihi, who was 14th after the first day. He shot perfect 25s in the remaining two rounds of qualification to move to sixth position, before edging out Al Athba for a final place.
In the final, there were a few jitters as Al Rumaihi started on a poor note failing to hit the target four times in his first five shots and placing sixth. He, however, caught up in the next five shots, moving up to fifth and ensuring he stayed there until the first lot of 25 was completed.
Meanwhile, Kuwait swept the medals, with Al Rashidi firing 42 to beat Khaled Al Mudhaf (38) for the gold. Naser Meqlad, who was in sizzling form on day one, had to settle for bronze with a score of 29.
In the women’s trap, Qatar’s Noora Essa Al Ali finished 20th while in the junior women’s category, Noora Saad Al Mohanadi kept alive her final hopes, placing eighth after three rounds with 60. Two more rounds remain on Thursday.
In the men’s junior trap, Qatar’s Ahmad Ali Al Kuwari is in contention to make the final as he was placed tenth after three rounds of shooting.
Qatar’s Ahmad Zayed Al Shamari finished 12th in the men’s rapid fire pistol with a score of 62. He did well to move up from 19th position on Tuesday.