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Qatar to field young team at FINA World Cup in Doha

Home swimmers get excellent opportunity to compete against the best and turn in their best times at the Nov 7-9 meet.
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The 16-year-old Mahmoud Mohamed, who recently set a new Qatari junior record, is a talent to watch out for. IQ File Photo: Vinod Divakaran

Qatar will field a 17-member team for the last leg of the 2019 FINA World Cup at the Hamad Aquatic Complex from November 7 to 9.
Most of the team members are quite young, with the 21-year-old Waleed Rafiq Dalloul being the senior-most.

QATAR TEAM FOR FINA WORLD CUP

  • Omar Ashraf Aboulela
    100M breaststroke, 200M and 400M IM
  • Yousef Ashraf Aboulela
    100M freestyle, 50M, 100M and 200M backstroke,
  • Abdulla Nabil Alkhaldi
    50M backstroke, 100M and 200M breaststroke, 200M butterfly
  • Mohammed Ali Al Khanji
    50M and 100M freestyle, 50M and 100M butterfly
  • Yacob Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi
    50M and 400M freestyle
  • Yousef Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi
    50M backstroke, 50M breaststroke
  • Ali Abdulla Al Nuaimi
    50M, 100M, 200M and 400M freestyle, 50M backstroke
  • Abdulaziz Hassan Al Obaidly
    50M freestyle, 100M and 200M breaststroke, 200M IM
  • Waleed Rafiq Dalloul
    200M freestyle, 50M, 100M and 200M breaststroke
  • Tamim Mohamed
    1,500M freestyle, 50M and 100M backstroke, 100M and 200M butterfly
  • Naser Yaser Hassan
    50M and 100M breaststroke
  • Mohammed Fahad Hussain
    200M and 400M freestyle, 200M butterfly
  • Kheddache Nour Eddine
    50M and 100M freestyle, 50M backstroke, 50M butterfly
  • Abdelrahman Hesham
    1,500M freestyle, 100M and 200M breaststroke
  • Mohamed Mahmoud
    200M freestyle, 100M butterfly, 200M and 400M IM
  • Kareem Salama Salah
    400M and 1,500M freestyle, 200M breaststroke
  • Ahmad Tarek Samara
    50M, 100M, 200M and 400M freestyle, 200M IM

At just 13 years of age, Tamim Mohamed, Abdullah Nabil Alkhaldi, Ali Abdulla Al Nuaimi and Kheddache Nour Eddine are the national team’s youngest members.

Yousef Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi, Yousef Ashraf Aboulela, Kareem Salama Salah, Omar Ashraf Aboulela and Mohammed Ali Al Khanji are all 14.

Competing at home, it gives them an excellent opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in the business. In last year’s World Cup in Doha, six Qatari swimmers had competed in the finals in various events.

While Abdulaziz Al Obaidly, 18, took part in two finals (sixth in 100M backstroke and seventh in 200M IM), Mahmoud Mohamed, 16, was fifth in the 400M individual medley. Omar finished seventh in the same race.

Fahad Mohammed Hussain, 15, was seventh in 200M butterfly while 15-year-old Kareem finished sixth in the 1,500M freestyle. Yacoub Al Khulaifi, 18, was seventh in the 100M butterfly event.

Qatar Swimming Association President Khaleel Al Jabir, who is also Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Cup, said he expected more from them this year.

“Our swimmers have been progressing well and I expect more of them to feature in the finals this year. There should be some strong performances from our boys this time,” Al Jabir told Inside Qatar.

“One of our main goals when we first started hosting the FINA World Cup in 2012 was to promote swimming in Qatar and the region as a whole. We wanted to inspire children to take up the sport and fans to follow it passionately. A look at our performances show we’re progressing in the right direction,” he added.

While Australian Cate Campbell and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu will headline the elite women’s field in Doha, Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos are expected to fare well among men.

A total of 210 swimmers – 134 men and 76 women – representing 44 nations, are expected to compete in Doha.

The Australians are sending the biggest contingent, with 22 swimmers, while Poland (13), Austria and Chinese Taipei (11 each) follow.