Sharpshooter Hussain Al-Harbi wins Asian Games silver for Saudi Arabia

Hussain Al Harbi celebrates winning Saudi Arabia's first medal of the Games. (Asian Games)
Updated 24 August 2018
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Sharpshooter Hussain Al-Harbi wins Asian Games silver for Saudi Arabia

  • Al-Harbi shines in the men’s 300m Standard Rifle shooting event. 
  • Wins the first medal of the Games for the Kingdom with athletics starting on Saturday.

Hussain Al-Harbi secured Saudi Arabia its first medal at the Asian Games, finishing second in the Men’s 300m Standard Rifle shooting event. 
Al-Harbi scored 568 points, just one less than winner Youngjeon Choi of South Korea, to take silver at the Jakabaring Sport City Shooting Range in Palembang, Jakarta’s co-host of the month-long games. Choi’s compatriot Lee Won-gyu took bronze with 563 points. 
The shooting event is debuting at the Asiad this month and involved firing from three positions — kneeling, prone and standing. Al-Harbi demonstrated consistency across the three, finishing second-best from 13 athletes in kneeling and third-best in standing. The score of Al-Harbi, a 42-year-old from Al-Kharj, was 21 points behind the world record set by France’s Cyril Graff four years ago, but ensured him his country’s first medal of the ongoing Asiad. At the 2014 games in Incheon, South Korea, Saudi won seven medals, including three golds, although none in shooting. 
Four of the Kingdom’s 2014 medals came from athletics, which start today, while the National Olympic Committee have high expectations in equestrian. Abdullah Alsharbatly, the 35-year-old Jeddah resident, won gold in individual jumping four years ago and also took home silver as part of the team jumping event.
Abdullah Alsharbatly is the only non-athletics athlete to have won three gold medals for Saudi Arabia, having claimed team gold in 2006 and 2010 before winning individual gold in Incheon four years ago.


Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

Updated 19 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

  • Kingdom's athletes claim three golds, one silver and three bronzes on day four in Abu Dhabi.
  • Saudi Arabia medal tally now up to an impressive 25.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia enjoyed another good day at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi winning three golds, one silver and three bronzes to take their medal tally to an impressive 25 after four days.
Abdulaziz Alharthi got the day off to a great start in the pool, the 17-year-old from Jeddah picking up gold in the men’s 25m freestyle.
That was then followed up with the second gold of the day as Mohammed Alolayan powered home in the 5,000m. It was his second medal of the Games after he took home a bronze in the triathlon.
Moayed Aldarwish completed the hat-trick of golds coming home first in the 400m.


That was not the end of the success for the Kingdom as Fares Almateq and Naif Alshammari won silver in the men’s doubles table tennis. This was Fares’ second win of the week, having impressively won gold in the men’s singles event earlier.
Heba Shawli then became another multiple-medal winner when she took home the bronze in the softball throw event — she having won gold in the 25m run event.
Faisal Algosaibi and Faris Khouj, also part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team, each won bronze in their division of the 25m freestyle swimming.


Other winners of multiple medals include Hassan Alhadhariti, who won three golds and one silver in powerlifting; Sara Felemban and Jana Albeshri, who both won silver in bocce women’s singles and women’s team events, and Shahad Sunbul, who won silver in the bocce women’s team event and bronze in the bocce women’s singles event.