Dubai: Eleven athletes from as many Arab nations sparkled in the athletics competitions of the Arab Women Sports Tournament 2018 (AWST), now under way at the Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped in Sharjah.
The competition categories featured seven Track and Field competitions such as 100m, 400m dash, 800m and 5,000m, long jump, javelin throw and the 4x100m relay.
In the 100 metres, Bahrain’s Hajar Saad Al Omairi from the Busaiteen Club secured the gold medal with a time of 12.25 seconds, while Oman’s Mzoon Al Alawyia took silver with a time of 12.54 seconds. Bahrain’s Zainab Abdul Hussain finished third at 13.30 seconds.
In the 400m, Algeria’s Shayma Wanees secured gold with a time of 59.09 seconds. It was Algeria again in second place with Sabriya Hussain’s superb dash clocking 1:01.00. The bronze medal was won by Bahrain’s Esooma Josephine, delivering her act in 1:02.12 minutes — a few seconds apart from Hussein’s.
In the 800 metres run, Marta Herbatoyota from Bahrain’s Busaiteen Club struck gold medal with a finish time of 2:09.84 minutes, Algeria’s Nabeela Saifi won silver, clocking 2:16.00 minutes and Kuwaiti Amal Yousuf Al Roumi bagged bronze finishing in 2:20.02 minutes.
In the 5,000-metre run category, Abeer Raffas from Algeria secured gold medal with a time of 17:50.63 minutes. Fattouma Jawar Gubaisi from Bahrain crossed the finish line just three seconds after, and at 17:53.79 minutes secured second place. Lolowa Askar Al Askar from the Kuwaiti Al Fatat Club took bronze medal with a time of 20:12.73 minutes.
The 4x100-metre relay also saw stiff competition, with the Busaiteen Club winning gold after registering a 50.89-second finish time, Algeria’s National Security Sports Association Club taking the silver medal with a very competitive time of 51.04 seconds, and finally, Oman’s Al Khabour Sports Club claimed bronze with a time of 52.47 seconds.
In field action, javelin throw witnessed a display of strength with Egypt’s Rida Adel Ahmad from Port Fouad Sports Club securing gold with a 36.80 metre-throw. Heba Al Asemiya from Oman’s Al Khabour Club came second throwing 33.38 metres and Hanan Ibrahim from Sharjah Sports Club finished third with a throw of 27.72 metres, winning bronze medal.
In the long jump category, Algerian Kawthar Salma secured the gold medal with a jump of 5.10 metres, Egyptian Asma Mohammad won silver with her 4.82-metre jump and Khadija Al Manji’s 4.64-metre jump secured the bronze for Oman.