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UAE win second gold medal at GCC Championships in Trios

2016GCCTriosGoldUAESliderDoubles champions Khamis Al Shamsi, Mahmood Al Attar and singles runner-up Naif Oqab earned the second gold medal for the host country, United Arab Emirates, at the 14th Gulf Cooperation Council Championships Tuesday at International Bowling Center in Dubai.

From left, Mahmood Al Attar, Khamis Al Shamsi and Naif Oqab.

2016GCCTriosSilverQatarSliderThe Emiratis averaged over 215 to finish with 3872 total, including games of 575, 644, 655, 687, 631 and 680. Al Attar led the way with 1368, Oqab added 1320 and Al Shamsi contributed 1184.

Qatar’s Jassim Al Muraikhi, Hazeem Al Muraikhi and Ghanim Aboujassom (pictured with coach Pero Merani, left) were in fifth place after the first block of three games with 1761, but rebounded with the field-best 2049 series (227.67 average) to leap into second place to take the silver medal with 3810 and an overall average of 211.67.

2016GCCTriosBronzeUAESliderThe second UAE team with Hussain Al Suwaidi, Sultan Al Qubaisi and Shaker Al Hassan (l-r, with EBF President, Mohamed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, middle) beat out the second team from Qatar with Mohammed Al Muraikhi, Bader Al Deyab and Yousef Al Jabber for the bronze medal by 29 pins, 3704 to 3675.

With three of four disciplines completed, Oqab widened his lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) to 159 pins. The lefty leads the field of 36 players from six countries with 4034 pinfall total and an average of 224.11.

Qatar’s Jassim Al Muraikhi leaped from sixth to second place with 3875 (215.28) behind a 1345 series today. Mahmood Al Attar used his 1368 series to move from seventh to third place with 3865 (214.28). Shaker Al Hassan posted the highest individual series in trios with 1391 to jump from 10th to fourth place with 3857 (214.28).

Action shifts to the team event on Wednesday, which also will decide the medals in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) and the top 12 competitors for the masters event.

2016GCCLogoThe 14th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Men’s Bowling Championship will be held from September 2-9 at the International Bowling Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Championship drew 36 players, six players each from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the host country United Arab Emirates, who will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines, singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and masters.

The GCC Championships will be televised live on Dubai Sport Channel 3:
Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Team from 2 p.m. Gulf Standard Time (GST)
Thursday, Sept. 8 – Masters from 4 p.m. GST
To view the program on your mobile device, download the app “AWAAN” and then go to live coverage on Dubai Sports Channel 3.

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