Qatar Win GCC Swimming Championship, Three Categories Remain

Doha, – Qatar won Thursday the 14th GCC Swimming Championship for the 17 year-olds category.

Qatari swimmers collected a total of 21 medals. The swimmers won a total of nine gold medals, seven silver, and five bronze ones. In second place was the UAE, collecting a total of 19 medals. In addition to the two medals they won yesterday, they won three new ones. They also won seven silver medals, and seven bronze ones. Oman came in third place with nine medals. A total of four were golden, with three and two silver and bronze medals respectively.

Commenting on the results, President of Qatar Swimming Association Khaleel Al Jabir expressed his happiness with Qatar’s first ever win in the competition. He noted that the victory is even sweeter due to the age of the participating Qatari swimmers, which was significantly less than their counterparts.

Al Jabir dedicated the win to the country’s leadership and to HE President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani. Al Jabir stressed that the victory was no fluke, but was a result of years of planning and training. He praised the performance of all the athletes who took part, but reserved special praise for Nouh Al Khulaifi who won six gold medals. The President of Qatar Swimming Association described Al Khulaifi as Qatar’s hope in upcoming continental competitions.

The 17 year-old Nouh Al Khulaifi participated in last summer’s Rio Olympics, becoming the youngest Qatari Olympian ever. He joined Qatar national team at the age of eight. Since then, he held a total of 20 GCC records. Two of which were later broken by none other than his two younger brother Yaqoub, and Youssef.

The final two days of the competition, Friday and Saturday, will see three categories played out. They are the 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17 age groups. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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