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UAE sailor Adel Khalid does his best at Olympic Games

The UAE's Adel Khalid produced his best performance of the Games on Saturday by finishing the fifth race of the men's sailing competition in 11th position.

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Adil Khalid of the UAE competes in the Laser class of the men's sailing competition in Beijing. In the fifth race on Saturday, Khalid was in the fifth place around the first mark and fourth to cross the second.
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Dubai: The UAE's Adel Khalid produced his best performance of the Games on Saturday by finishing the fifth race of the men's sailing competition in 11th position.

The sailing competition has been disrupted by adverse weather conditions over the past three days.

Saturday's racing was also effected with winds of just six knots forcing organisers to either postpone some races.

But the Laser class went ahead and Khalid showed he had learnt from his previous outings.

In the last four races, Khalid had finished way down in the standings coming 38th in the first two races followed by finishes of 42 and 43 in the next two.

But in yesterday's fifth race, Khalid was in fifth place around the first mark and fourth to cross the second.

With some of the top sailors in contention, Khalid slipped down the field to cross the next two marks in ninth place and eventually finished in the 11th position.

The 20-year-old Adel is currently in 39th position overall with 29 net points in the field of 43 sailors competing in this class at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre.

Competition leaders

Croatia's Luka Radelic has been the one to watch as he has won the last three races.

However, Italy's Diego Romero is the overall leader with 24 points, followed by world No 4 Rasmus Myrdren (25 points), of Sweden, in second overall and Vasilij Zbogar, of Slovenia, a surprising third with 26 points.

World number one Tom Slingsby of Australia has been disappointing so far and sits in 26th overall, while world number two Andrew Murdoch, of New Zealand, is 13th.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum finished 22nd overall in the men's Skeet shooting competition.

Shaikh Saeed had given himself an outside chance of qualifying for the finals after finishing in eighth at the end of the opening phase of qualifying on Friday.

But the UAE shooter, participating in his third straight Olympic Games, had scores of 21 and 22 to end five rounds with a total of 114.

American shooter Vincent Hancock went on to win the gold medal after a shoot-off between him and and Norwegian Tore Brovold.

The pair were tied on 145 targets each following the final.

A shoot-off was also needed to decide the winner of the bronze medal.

Anthony Terras, of France, and Antonis Nikolaidis, of Cyprus, were tied on 120 targets after the final. Eventually Terras was able to take the bronze.

Top Arab finish

The best performers from the Arab world were Kuwaitis Abdullah Al Rashidi and Zaid Al Mutairi who finished in ninth and tenth respectively.

Meanwhile, Shaikha Latifa Bint Ahmad Al Maktoum will continue in the individual show jumping competition today.

Shaikha Latifa ended the first phase of qualifying in 61st position on her horse Kalaska De Semilly in a field of 77 competitors on Friday.

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