Edidiong Odiong’s remarkable win at Asian Games keeps Bahrain at the Arab summit

Updated 30 August 2018
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Edidiong Odiong’s remarkable win at Asian Games keeps Bahrain at the Arab summit

JAKARTA: Edidiong Odiong secured her second gold of the Asian Games on Wednesday to help Bahrain’s medal count climb yet further and ensure the tiny Kingdom remains by far the most successful Arab Nation at the ongoing multisport event in Indonesia.
The 21-year-old won Women’s 100-meters gold earlier this week and, inside the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, she added the Women’s 200m with a winning time of 22.96 seconds. Occupying the fifth track in the first 100m, she kept pace with the group, but once entering the last 100m she broke away to finish 0.24 ahead of second-placed Dutee Chand of India.
In the Men’s event, Odiong’s compatriot Yaqoob Yaqoob finished behind winner Yuki Koike of Japan and Chunhan Yang of Chinese Taipei to take bronze. Bahrain arrived in Southeast Asia with an average of less than 10 medals over six separate iterations of the continental showpiece, but this week’s exploits in athletics has seen the country’s NOC already claim 18 medals, of which half are gold.
Saudi Arabia had hoped to add to their gold, two silvers and a bronze when Hussain Al-Hizam competed in the Men’s Pole Vault. Having taken an early lead, however, he failed to clear 5.50m and 5.60m, eventually finishing joint-fifth, well behind winner Seito Yamamoto of Japan, who cleared 5.70m. The Kingdom’s Water Polo team also lost 20-4 to Japan, but will meet Iran in Thursday’s quarterfinal.
Elsewhere, Iraqi athlete secured his country only their third medal of this month’s Games, a second silver, this time in Men’s Dicus Throw. Mustafa Al-Saamahthrew 59.89 meters,while Ehsan Hadadi of Iran won it with a massive 65.71m. Iraqi boxer Jaafar Al-Sudani lost 4-1 to Indonesia’s Sunan Amoragem in his Men’s Bantamweight quarterfinal, while compatriot Karrar Aal Ezirej lost 4-0 to Daisuke Narimatsu of Japan in the Light Welterwight quarterfinal.
Yemeni Mohammed Salem lost 10-0 to Shengting Huang in the Men’s Under-66kg Round of 32 Karate, while Ali Mohsen Khousrof and Mohamed Al Saedi both lost in their respective Round of 16 ties in Under-60kg and Under-66kg.
And the UAE football team slipped to defeat in the semifinal of the Men’s Football. The Young Whites lost 1-0 to Japan and will now face Vietnam on Saturday for the bronze medal,
“Of course, I am sad with the result, but very happy that we reached the final four — it’s very important for us, especially as no other team from West Asian got to the semis,” said Macie Skorza, the UAE’s Polish head coach. “It is very important for us. I have been working with this team only since March so this month’s competition will give very good experience to my players for the future. I wish we achieve the same in the qualifying for Tokyo 2020.”


Tearful Louis Oosthuizen claims South African Open crown on home soil

Updated 09 December 2018
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Tearful Louis Oosthuizen claims South African Open crown on home soil

JOHANNESBURG: Louis Oosthuizen had endured a 33-month winless run since winning the Perth International back in February 2016, but he ended it by lifting the South African Open trophy for the first time Sunday after a six-shot victory in Johannesburg.
The 36-year-old South African closed at the Randpark Golf Club with a four-under-par 67, shrugging off a poor start to hole an eagle on 14 and finish well clear of runner-up Romain Langasque from France.
Schedule clashes meant Oosthuizen was playing in the South African Open for the first time since 2010 and he wept after clinching an ultimately comfortable victory.
“This is a very special victory for me as I become only the sixth golfer to win the two oldest national golf championships, the Open and the South African Open.
“I wish the family was here,” a tearful Oosthuizen said on the 18th green. “The crowd was great this whole week, it was nice to do it for them.”
Fellow South Africans Ernie Els, Bobby Locke and Gary Player, Swede Henrik Stenson and New Zealander Bob Charles previously achieved the ‘double’.
“I did not start well today, scrambling a par at one and dropping shots at two and three before recovering with four birdies to turn two under for the round.
“For the second successive round I struggled off the tee early on and had to bite the bullet before coming good as the round progressed.
“While realizing that I was building a good lead, it was not until 14 that I could relax a little bit.
“My nine-iron second at that par-five hole was a perfect shot, leaving me with a short putt for an eagle.”
Oosthuizen opened with a 62 for the first-round lead, but trailed fellow South African Charl Schwartzel by two shots at the halfway mark having carded a 70.
A third-round 67 gave him a three-stroke advantage and the expected final-round challenges from Schwartzel and in-form Matt Wallace of England never materialized.
Instead, Langasque, who trailed Oosthuizen by seven shots after three rounds, fired a five-under 66 that included an eagle and five birdies to surge into second spot.
Major winner Schwartzel closed with a 72 to share third place with compatriots Thomas Aiken and Bruce Easton and Oliver Wilson from England.
Langasque’s closing 66 earned him one of three spots available for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2019, with 2011 Masters Tournament winner Schwartzel and Wilson claiming the other two spots up for grabs.