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Qatar wins prestigious Team gold at GCC Championships


2016GCCTeamGoldQatar2SliderThe five-player team from Qatar won the prestigious team title Wednesday at the International Bowling Center in Dubai to claim the first gold medal in the 14th Gulf Cooperation Council Men’s Bowling Championships.

Jassim Al Muraikhi, Hazeem Al Muraikhi, Bader Al Deyab, Ghanim Aboujassom and Yousef Al Jabber (pictured right and above) finished the six-game block with a big 1048 game to overtake Kuwait by 39 pins en route to win the gold medal with 6130 and an average of 204.33.

Al Deyab led way with 1296 and was followed by H. Al Muraikhi (1256), Aboujassom (1217), Al Jabber (1217) and J. Al Muraikhi (1162).

2016GCCTeamSilverKuwaitSliderTrailing the Qataris by 213 pins after the first block, Kuwait’s Mustafa Al Mousawi, Aseel Al Roomi, Ali Saleh, Fawaz Al Busairi and Yaqoob Al Shatti posted games of 1014 and 1073 to take a 12-pin lead heading into the last game.

The Kuwaitis (left) closed with 984 but had to settle for the silver medal with 6078 (202.60).

2016GCCTeamBronzeSaudiArabiaSliderSaudi Arabia (right) battled it out with the host country United Arab Emirates for the bronze medal. The Saudis with HRH Mohammed Al Saud, Adel Al Barqi, Hassan Al Shaikh, Bader Al Shaikh and Abdulla Dolijan posted the highest second block of 3142 (209.47 average) to win the duel with a 1056 last game to UAE’s 990.

Saudi Arabia received the bronze medal with 6019 (200.63), while Emiratis Mahmood Al Attar, Hussain Al Suwaidi, Khamis Al Shamsi, Shaker Ali and Nayef Oqab Jaber finished in fourth place with 5984 (199.47).

Ahmed Al Awadhi, Emad Hussain Jahromi, Osama A Rahman, Ahmed Abduljabbar and singles champion Yousif Falah of Bahrain were in fifth place with distant 5642 (188.07), while Oman with Hassan Al Kharusi, Khalid Al Alawi, Mahmood Al Hadidi, Yasser Al Barwani and Abdulla Al Sulaiman rounded out the field in sixth place with 5515 (183.83).

The event also decided the medals in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event).

Southpaw Naif Oqab, UAE, averaged 220.29 for 24 games to earn his second gold medal in this Championships and the third for the UAE with 5287. Oqab also won gold in trios, silver in singles and bronze in doubles.

Hazeem Al Muraikhi of Qatar leap from sixth to second place during the team event to capture the silver medal with 5056 and an average of 210.67. Fellow two-time GCC champion (doubles and trios), Mahmood Al Attar, UAE, secured the bronze medal with 5041 (210.04).

The 14th GCC Championships will conclude on Thursday with the Masters finals featuring the top 12 players in All-Events. Bader Al Deyab of Qatar took the 12th and last spot with 4899 and an average of 204.13.

Five bowlers from Qatar, three from the host country UAE, two from Kuwait and one each from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will bowl 11 games of round robin match play plus one game position round.

Players receive 10 pins bonus for each win and 5 pins bonus for a tie. The top three players with the highest pinfall total including bonus pins will advance to the medal round (one game matches). The No. 2 and No. 3 seed will meet in the semifinal match.

The winner will bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The top seeded bowler must be defeated twice to win the gold medal.

2016GCCLogoThe 14th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Men’s Bowling Championship will 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:
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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