SECOND GCC GAMES: OMAN’S 4X400M RELAY TEAM CLINCHES SILVER MEDAL

Oman signed off its campaign at the second GCC Games in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on Sunday with two medals to tally a total of 29 medals, including four gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze.

The sultanate, however, finished at the bottom in the overall medals table at the five-nation Games.

On the concluding day, the Omani 4x400m quartet claimed a silver, while Ahmed al Owaisi won a bronze in decathlon. The Omani quartet that won the silver comprised Salah al Ajmi, Othman al Busaidi, Yousuf al Amrani and Ahmed al Saadi.

A 115-member Omani delegation that included technical officials participated in Dammam in nine disciplines, with the country bagging a medal in eight disciplines, except bowling. Oman won medals in swimming, athletics, handball, volleyball, karate, weightlifting, horse endurance and camel racing.

On the final day, the 4x400m team clocked a time of three minutes, 8.32 seconds to finish behind Saudi Arabia that timed 3m05.32s. Qatar claimed the bronze in a time of 3m15.53s.

Owaisi bagged the bronze in decathlon with a total of 4,585 points. Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed al Qaree won the gold with 7,253 points, while his teammate Hashim al Shorafa claimed the silver with 6,682 points.

All of Oman’s gold medals came in swimming, with Issa al Adawi claiming a hat-trick, while Abdulrahman al Kulaibi bringing the fourth gold. Hosts Saudi Arabia topped the overall leaderboard, followed by UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.