UAE athlete sets new world record at IWAS World Games

Wheelchair sprinter Mohammed Al Qaid stole the show with victory as three world records were broken on the third day of the IWAS World Games 2011 in Sharjah.

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SHARJAH // Wheelchair sprinter Mohammed Al Qaid stole the show with an outstanding victory as three world records were broken on the third day of the IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport) World Games 2011 in Sharjah.

The UAE athlete set a new world best time in the 200-metre wheelchair (T34), while Iran's Jalal Khakzadieh broke the world record with a throw of 44.03m in the wheelchair discus (F34) and Siamand Rahman, also from Iran, raised 291kg for a world record in the 100+kg men's power lifting.

Al Qaid's win came on a day when the country's competitors claimed another nine medals, two gold, four silver and three bronze to lift the UAE total to 28 (4G, 11S, 13B).

The other Emirati to top the podium was the world champion Abdullah Al Ahbabi, who won a second gold medal for his country in the 10m air rifle (R4) event, with a total of 695.0 points, ahead of Great Britain's Sarah Woods, who scored 691.7 points. The bronze medal went to Iranian Akbar Aalipur with 689.0 points.

Al Qaid's victory avenged his defeat by Australia's Rheed McCerackenin in the 100m event.

Al Qaid specialises in the 200m event, in which he won the World Championship in New Zealand last January, where he also took home a gold medal in the 400m, and has now set his sights on winning the gold medal at the Paralympics in London next year.

In the 200m wheelchair (T54) event, the host country's Jasim Al Naqbi claimed a silver medal in 27.30 seconds, behind Sweden's Niklas Almers, who took gold in a time of 27.11 seconds.

The UAE women continued their run of good results with Thuraya Al Zaabi making a throw of 14.38m to claim the silver medal in the wheelchair discus (F34) event, with Germany's Marie Skowronek Bramer grabbing gold with a throw of 22.02m.

In the wheelchair javelin (F57), Siham Al Rasheedy took silver with a throw of 16.09m, finishing behind Russia's Olga Sergienko, who won gold with a throw of 20.10m.

And in the wheelchair discus (F33), Ahmed Al Housani won silver with a throw of 24.62m, and Saudi Hani Al Nakhli took gold with a distance of 31.20m.

The UAE's bronze medal haul for the day started in the 100kg men power lifting event, with champion Mohammed Khamis Khalaf lifting 219kg to come in third. China's Dong Qi Won added a gold medal to his country's total by lifting 235kg, leaving the silver medal to Nigerian Obioma Daleth Aligekwe, who lifted 232kg.

In the 100+kg, Ahmed Khamis Al Baloushi took bronze with a lift of 204kg. Iran's Rahman clinched gold with a lift of 291kg, ahead of his teammate Mansour Pourmirzaei, who lifted 270kg.

Mohammed Al Muhairi added another bronze medal to the UAE's tally, by throwing the discus a distance of 31.51m in the F3 event.

Tariq Sultan bin Khadim, the Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee, said that the results of the UAE's "Knights of Will" have exceeded all expectations.

He said: "Our athletes are worthy of support and recognition. They have proved their ability and determination with a series of outstanding wins."

* Compiled by The National staff with agency