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.”


Mickey Arthur calls on Pakistan to prove India defeat was one-off

Updated 20 September 2018
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Mickey Arthur calls on Pakistan to prove India defeat was one-off

  • Pakistan coach wants improved performance when side next face big rivals India on Sunday in the UAE.
  • Asia Cup now down to Super Four stage.

LONDON: Mickey Arthur is confident Pakistan can bounce back from their big defeat against India in Dubai on Wednesday.
Arthur’s side lost by eight wickets to their arch-rivals in the final clash of the group stage at the Asia Cup, taking place in the UAE.
It came less than 24 hours after India struggled to beat Hong Kong, but Rohit Sharma’s side hit the disappointment of that performance for six to easily beat Pakistan.
Despite the defeat Arthur is sure his side can turn things around in the Super Four stage and go all the way and win the tournament.
“Whenever we go head-to-head with India, I am comfortable that we’ve got a dressing room of players who can stand up to it,” the Pakistan coach said.
“I am comfortable we’ve got a dressing room of players who, on any given day, can win. So I still think it’s a 50-50. Lucky this game was inconsequential in the tournament.”
Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (three for 15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (three for 23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all out in 43.1 overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Skipper Sharma then struck three sixes and six boundaries in his 39-ball 52 while fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a six and six fours in his 54-ball 46 as India romped home in just 29 overs.
Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both finished on 31 not out as India exacted some revenge for their humbling 180-run defeat against their arch-rivals in the final of the Champions Trophy in London last year — the most recent match between the teams until Wednesday.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was not a happy man after watching his Pakistan side soundly beaten by India in Dubai. 


Both Pakistan and India had already qualified for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup and will meet again in Dubai on Sunday. When they do Arthur will doubtless be looking for a response and for his side to stick to the set plans.
“On a wicket like that you need to strike really if you’re going to defend it. We didn’t strike early enough,” Arthur said.
“We went away from our plans too quickly. We said that our batters batted outside our roles and that wasn’t acceptable. With our bowling, we went outside our plans far too quickly. We wanted to bowl hard lengths, hit the top of off stump.
“It was tough to score then. We did that in the first six, and then (Usman Khan) Shinwari decided to come around the wicket and bowl a bouncer with fine leg up. And from there it just tumbled.
“We’re going to sit down and talk about that. It’s not good enough. We went outside our plans.
“That’s not acceptable. I think there was a bit of panic when they didn’t strike early.”
Also of concern to the Pakistan coach is the form of Mohammad Amir. The side’s main bowler has looked out of form recently and has struggled for wickets since last year’s Champions Trophy win.
“I’d be lying if I sat here and said there wasn’t (any concern about Amir),” Arthur said.
“I had a really good, long hard chat with him last night and I thought he came out and bowled really well. He hit the crease really hard. He ran in well. He’s been decelerating to the crease, but he didn’t do that today.
“He seemed more fluent, there was a little bit more pace there. And I was comfortable (with what he did), he bowled well. 
There is pressure on him, of course there is.”
There was much hype surrounding the clash, as there always is with any India vs. Pakistan match, but once Pakistan’s unpredictable batting crumbled, Wednesday’s showdown turned into a damp squib for a near-capacity crowd in the UAE. They will all hope that Sunday’s rerun will dish up more drama and entertainment.