Oman trio wins first gold at Arab bowling meet

February 21, 2019

Oman men’s trio team (left to right) of Mahmood al Hadidi, Mohamed al Hashmi and Yassir al Barwani, hold the flag on the podium, after winning gold

Oman bowlers made history in Cairo on Tuesday when they claimed the first-ever gold at the Arab Bowling Championships.

The team of of Yassir al Barwani, Mohamed al Hashmi and Mahmood al Hadidi scored a total of 3851 with an 213.94 average to pick the gold in the men's Trios event at the ninth Arab Men’s and fifth Women’s Bowling Championship 2019.

Adding to the gold-winning feat was another silver from the Omani women as they finished runner-up in the team event.

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With two medals on Tuesday, Oman's overall tally rose to four after Aisha al Sibani had given the sultanate the first gold in the women's individual event and the pair of Musaab al Adawi and Yassir al Barwani picked a silver in the men's doubles category.

It was Barwani's second medal and he led the scoring among the three in the Trios with a score of 1362 with the highest game of 241 in the third game. Hashmi had a total of 1260 with the highest of 247 in fourth game and Hadidi got a score of 1229 with his highest game of 227.

The trio combined for a high game of 699 in the fourth game.

Experienced national team player Hadidi said, "We are delighted to have won our first gold medal in the history of our international participation. It is a new achievement for Oman bowling.

"The competition was not easy. Thanks to our coach's crucial inputs, Hoonpyo Lee of South Korea, we  finished first.”

Barwani said, "This gold is dedicated to all bowling lovers in the sultanate and to the chairman and members of the Oman Bowling Committee for their efforts to make a strong national team.”

The Saudi Arabian trio of Hassan al Shaiekh, Sari Jazaeri and Abdulrahman al Kheliwi picked the silver with a combined total of 3822 and an average of 212.3 while the Bahrain team of Yousef Falah, Ahmed Rahimi and Ahmed Alqaod claimed the bronze medal with a total of 3815 at an average of 211.94 pins-er-game. Oman's other team of Hasan al Kharousi, Mussab al Adawi and Ghalib al Busaidi ended tenth with a total of 3553 among the total of 14 teams.

In the women's team event, Oman's quartet of Aisha al Sibani, Aziza al Brieki, Razan al Hinai and Sara al Maskari took silver with a total of 4023 and an average of 167.63. For Aisha, it was the second silver at the meet.

Egypt’s Sara Gamal, Aliaa Ismeil, Shereen Saleh and Mennat Soultan won the gold with dominant marks of 4648 and 193.67 while the Bahraini quartet of Nadia al Awadhi, Layla Janahi, Noora Sultan and Reem Sultan captured the bronze with a combined score of 3949 at 164.54 average.

Following the women’s teams competition which featured seven national squads, their all-event final classification saw two Omanis claim berth in the Masters event, which features the best eight bowlers of the tournament. Sara with a total of 3246 and Aisha with a score of 3238 finished seventh and eighth respectively to make the cut.

Egypt's Sara topped the cut with 3694.