The Mideast and Abroad
- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:19
Have you been following the London games? If so then you know that in the last few days there has been a turn of events for the Middle Eastern and North African countries who have managed to win a medal or two. Below, Aslan Media’s Eman Jueid, who has been covering the games, offers another summary of the events that have recently taken place:
- Saudi Arabian female judo player, Wojdan Shaherkani, the first female athlete representing the Kingdom, lost her Judo match that lasted 82 seconds.
- Brunei’s first and only female at the Olympics had finished last in the 400m, however, she ran a new personal best of 59.28 seconds.
- Noor Hussain Al-Malki, one of Qatar’s first female athlete to participate in the Olympics, suffered an injury after 15 meters in which she stopped and limped off the track and later wheeled out.
- So far India has won two medals, both in shooting. Vijay Kumar came second at the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol winning a silver medal and Gagan Narang won his bronze medal at the 10m Air Rifle.
- Somali born Mo Farah, Team GB’s 10,000m runner, sealed the Gold medal making this Great Britain's first 10,000m Gold medal ever in the Olympic history. Watch Farah’s extravagant performance near the finish line in which he succeeded the Ethiopian and his USA training partner Galen Rupp.
- Iran’s Wrestler Hamid Sourian won the Islamic Republic’s first Gold defeating Azerbaijan’s Rovshan Bayramov. Within 24 hours Omid Noroozi won Iran’s second Greco Gold medal. However, Iran managed to claim the the third Greco-Roman Gold medal on the third day.
- The IAAF revoked the disqualification of Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi enabling him to participate in the 1500m finals due to claims of Makhloufi having suffered a knee injury. However, just twenty four hours after this claim, Taoufik Makhloufi won Gold.
- Egypt secured a second silver medal on Monday by Wrestler Karam Gaber after losing to Russia’s Alan Khugaev.
- Libya’s only female sent to participate at the London games finished fifth in the 100m. Her performance fell below her personal best.
- Saudi Arabia on Monday finished at third place at the Equestrian show winning their first bronze medal.
- Qatar has scooped its second Bronze medal yesterday at the men’s high jump.
- Morocco’s Abdalatif Lguider won the country’s first medal when he came third yesterday at the men’s 1,500m.
- Yesterday, Iran’s Behdad Salimikordasiabi won the Islamic Republic’s fourth Gold medal at the weightlifting competition. Meanwhile, his fellow countryman, Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad scooped the silver medal during the same competition.
- Kuwait’s Fehaid Aldeehani won the country’s first medal at the Olympics during the men’s trap shooting. This win marks Kuwait’s second medal in its Olympic history, both being Bronze.
- Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar became the first Saudi Arabian female to compete in athletics. The crowds cheered her on although she finished 43 seconds behind the winner.
Medal chart summary:
Iran 4 Gold 3 Silver 1 Bronze
Egypt 2 Silver
Azerbaijan 1 Silver 2 Bronze
India 1 Silver 3 Bronze
Indonesia 1 Silver 1 Bronze
Tunisia 1 Silver 1 Bronze
Malaysia 1 Silver
Saudi Arabia 1 Bronze
Qatar 2 Bronze
Turkey 1 Bronze
Algeria 1 Gold
Morocco 1 Bronze
Kuwait 1 BronzeBy Eman Jueid, Aslan Media Content Manager