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Lebanon’s Bassil wins women’s trap in thriller

Kazakhstan win women’s trap team gold while Chinese shooters dominate men's rapid fire pistol to make a clean sweep
Lebanons Ray Bassil Is Jubilant After Winning The Women’s Trap Gold At The Lusail Shooting Range
Lebanon’s Ray Bassil is jubilant after winning the women’s trap gold at the Lusail Shooting Range on Wednesday. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

An emotional Ray Bassil of Lebanon went down on her knees clutching the Lebanese flag at the trap arena of the Lusail Shooting Range after winning the women’s event in a shoot-off in the Asian Shooting Championships on Wednesday.


1. Jummin Lin (China)35
2. Yuehong Li (China)32
3. Yao Zhaonan  (China)27
1. China 1751; 2. Korea 1736; 3. India 1716
1. Zhu Haojie (China)33
2. Cao Jiahao (China)26
3. Shin Hyeonjin (Korea)22
1. China 1723; 2. Korea 1712; 3. India 1676
1. Talal Al Rashidi (Kuwait)42
2. Khaled Al Mudhaf (Kuwait)38
3. Naser Meqlad (Kuwait)29
1. Kuwait 363; 2. India 357; 3. Qatar 354
1. Ray Bassil (Lebanon)36 (Shoot-off)
2. Sarsenkul Rysbekova (Kazakhstan)36.
3. Yukie Nakayama (Japan)28
1. Kazakhstan 341; 2. China 338; 3. Chinese Taipei 335
GOLD: Korea 16 (Keum Jihyeon, Byounggil Choo) bt China 12 (Yang Qian, Yu Haonan)
BRONZE: China 16 (Zhao Ruozhu, Buhan Song bt Iran 6 (Najmeh Khedmati, Hossein Bagheeri)

“People see the result but they don’t see the struggle behind it. We worked so hard in the past year through some trying situations back home and this is the result. It’s something I feel very deeply about,” she said.

“The situation in Lebanon is very sad and I hope this medal brings some cheer to the people,” she said referring to the economic and political crisis back in the country.

Bassil was involved in the shoot-off for the gold medal after she and Kazakhstan’s Sarsenkul Rysbekova had a score of 36 each at the end of their 50 shots. In the shoot-off Bassil was on target while Rysbekova missed.

Kazakhstan however had some consolation, winning the team gold.

China dominated the pistol events on the day.

In the men’s 25M rapid fire pistol, it was a one-two-three for China. Jummin Lin topped with a score of 35 while Yuehong Li finished second and Yao Zhaonan third.

In the junior event, China’s Zhu Haojie and Cao Jiahao won gold and silver respectively. Korea’s Shin Hyeonjin settled for the bronze. The Chinese teams also won top honours in both the categories.

Womens Trap Lebanon Ray Bassil Kazakhstan Sarsenkul Rysbekova And Japan Yukie Nakayama At The Lusail Shooting Range
Lebanon’s Ray Bassil celebrates her success. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran