2019 Techno 293 Plus World Championships: Oman’s Abdul Majeed wins silver at Portimao worlds
It was celebration time at Oman Sail, as one of its young sailor, who is part of the national ambitious windsurfing project, Abdul Majeed al Hadhrami, bagged a silver medal in the open category at the recently-concluded 2019 Portimao Techno 293 Plus World Championships, which was held on the beach at Praia da Rocha in Algarve, Portugal.
Competing in a field of 28 men windsurfers, 18 year old Abdul Majeed was among the 13 who patriciated in the open men category. After five days of surfing, Japan's Kei Miura won the top honours in the open men class with a total of 77 and a nett score of 57 following the conclusion of 15 races.
Abdul Majeed garnered a total of 131 and a nett of 99 to finish second while another Japan windsurfer, Daigo Komatsu, was third with a total of 132 and a nett of 103.
Of the 15 races, Abdul Majeed's best efforts were an overall fifth and second in his class, which he claimed in four races.
Abdul Majeed was placed overall seventh, which was won by reigning youth Olympic champion Greek Alexandros Kalpogiannakis, competing in the youth men category, with a total of 27 and a nett of 13 points.
Abdul Majeed was accompanied in Portimao by national coach Sultan al Balushi.
Balushi said, “It is good to see that all of Abdul Majeed’s hard work has resulted in this well-deserved medal at the world championships.
“His potential has been evident for some time now and he can be proud of what he has achieved.
“It is also a great result for Oman and it puts the sultanate in a stronger position as we look ahead to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.”
He added, “We have better chance of success as we pursue medals in the windsurf and kitesurf classes at the YOG in Dakar, Senegal.”