Dubai: The UAE’s Sultan Abdullah Al Aryani missed out on a medal when he came seventh in the final of the men’s R1-10m air rifle standard SH1 at the Paralympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London on Friday.
Al Aryani, who missed out on a spot in the final after finishing ninth at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, fared much better in the preliminary rounds of qualifying yesterday when he faced a shoot-off against China’s Dingchao Gou to secure the eighth and last spot in the final contingent.
The 42-year-old from Al Ain had the third best score of 102.8 in the final, but his scores in the six series during the preliminaries did not help as Al Aryani ended in seventh position ahead of Franc Pinter of Slovenia.
Chao Dong of China went on to pick up the gold medal with a score of 103.5 in the final for a total of 699.5 to downgrade world and Paralympic champion Jonas Jakobsson of Sweden to the silver medal.
Germany’s Josef Neumaier, who was second entering the final round, had to be content with the bronze after shooting 99.4. But that medal did not come easy as he had to face a shoot-off against South Korea’s Seungchul Lee after the two shooters were tied with a total of 693.4.
Obaid Al Dahmani, the second shooter from the UAE who was participating in the same event, was placed 13th with a score of 587 at the end of six series of qualifying rounds earlier yesterday.
The two UAE shooters will be back in action in the nixed R3-10m air rifle prone event at the same venue on Saturday.
Meanwhile, two track-and-field athletes from the UAE were scheduled to make their Paralympic debuts later last night. Eisa Al Jawhari was scheduled to take part in the F57/58 class of the men’s discus throw and Mohammad Wahdani was to run in the T54 men’s 5,000m.
Also in the fray today (Saturday) will be Sakina Al Baloushi in the F31/32/51 class of women’s club throw, Mohammad Wahdani in the T54 men’s 100m heats, Mohammad Al Muhairi in the F33/34 men’s javelin throw and Maryam Al Matroushi in the F46 women’s javelin throw.