Mubarak Al-Muraikhi ends Arab Games 2011 in Qatar with victory in Masters


    Arab Games 2011

    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 10-15, 2011)

    2011EmirCupMubarakAlMuraikhi.jpgMubarak Al-Muraikhi (pictured) of Qatar capped off the bowling competition in the Arab Games 2011 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha with victory in match play. It was the second gold medal for the Qatari veteran, who also won two silver medals, to become the most winningest players of the Games.

    In the Masters finals decided by two-game total the lefty edged Sayed Ibrahim, UAE, in the semis, 400-398, before he flew past Bahrain's Mohamed Janahi, 475-360, in the title match.

    Janahi, who nipped Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, in the other semifinal match, 395-393, took the silver medal. Ibrahim defeated Al-Suwaidi in roll-off for third and fourth place, 431-399.

    Al-Muraikhi led by 40 pins after the first game, 222-182, and wrapped up the title with a huge 253-178 win in game two. His second gold medal came in the Trios event, where he teamed up with Yousef Al-Jaber and Mansour Al-Awamy. Al-Muraikhi earned silver in the five-player Team event and in All Events, where he finished 22 pins behind Yousif Falah of Bahrain.

    Falah was the only other player in the Arab Games 2011 who has won multiple gold medals. The Bahraini won the title in All Events with 4878 pinfall total and an average of 203.25 for 24 games (combined pinfall in Singles, Doubles, Trios and All Events) and joined forces with Fawaz Abdulla, Mahdi Asad Ali Mohamed, Mohammed Sultan and Mohamed Janahi to become the surprise gold medalist in the Team event.

    Egypt's Tarek Helmy and Karim Sherif started the bowling competition with a bang sweeping gold and silver in Singles with 1328 (221.33 average) and 1302 (217.00), which remained the sole 1300-series in the entire Arab Games. The gold medal in Doubles went to Kuwait's Mohammad Al-Zaidan and Jassim Darwish.

    Five of the seven countries, who sent a bowling team to the Arab Games 2011, shared the medals. The host country Qatar led the medal table with two gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals. Bahrain was next with two golds and one silver.

    Egypt returned home with one medal in each color, while Kuwait had one gold and one silver and the UAE took one silver and two bronze. Saudi Arabia and Iraq walked away empty-handed.


    Arab Games 2011 - Singles


    Arab Games 2011 - Doubles


    Arab Games 2011 - Trios

    First block on long oil, second block on short oil


    Arab Games 2011 - Team

    First block on short oil, second block on long oil


    Arab Games 2011 - All Events


    Arab Games 2011 - Masters Finals

    Group A

    The top two players advance to the finals.


    Group B

    The top two players advance to the finals.


    Playoff Results

    Semifinal Match 1:
    Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar (207, 193) def. Sayed Ibrahim, UAE (181, 215), 400-396
    Semifinal Match 2:
    Mohamed Janahi, Bahrain (211, 184) def. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE (168, 225), 395-393

    Roll-off for third and fourth place:
    Sayed Ibrahim (254, 177) def. Hussain Al-Suwaidi (190, 209), 431-399

    Mubarak Al-Muraikhi (222, 253) def. Mohamed Janahi (182, 178), 475-360.