Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum wins gold in Asian Shotgun

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum wins gold in Asian Shotgun

  
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Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum (Centre)

It needed a shoot-off to settle the final but Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum ensured UAE ended the 6th Asian Shotgun Championship on a high by claiming gold in the Men’s Skeet.

The 40-year-old, competing in his first tournament since the Rio Olympics, put on a fine show in front of his home crowd at Al Forsan International Sports Resort against a strong five-man field to register a top-score of 16.

That result was matched by Kuwait’s Saud Habib meaning the pair fought in an intriguing shoot-off battle. Both were on top of their game but Sheikh Saeed kept his cool when it really mattered, missing just once to finish with 15, two clear of Habib.

The 40-year-old, competing in his first tournament since the Rio Olympics, put on a fine show in front of his home crowd at Al Forsan International Sports Resort against a strong five-man field to register a top-score of 16.

That result was matched by Kuwait’s Saud Habib meaning the pair fought in an intriguing shoot-off battle. Both were on top of their game but Sheikh Saeed kept his cool when it really mattered, missing just once to finish with 15, two clear of Habib.

With eight Emiratis entered in five categories, it meant the UAE finished with two medals after Saif Al Shamsi took silver in the Double Trap on Sunday.

Rabee Al Awadi, vice-president of the UAE Shooting Federation, was impressed with how the Emiratis fared and declared the overall season as a success.

“Sheikh Saeed’s result means it was good ending to the season and along with Al Shamsi getting silver medal in the Double Trap, we are within our expectations of our plans for 2017 and it’s a good end to this year,” he said.

“Sheikh Seed’s win came after some hard work. He only came to the shooting range on the day of the contest but he was very focused on winning.”

The UAE shooters will be next in action at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi, India in February and Al Awadi insists preparations for that tournament will begin soon.

“The World Cup is three months away but the shooters will now rest for some weeks before beginning their preparations to do well in India,” he said.

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